CULTURAL VALUES AND NORMS IN SAUDI ARABIA Introduction • Overview of the main cultural values of Saudi Arabia. • Connection between cultural values and Islamic Laws among the Saudi Bedouin people. • Exploration of traits analogous to Saudi Middle Eastern beliefs. • Cultural Values and Islamic Foundations Core values including generosity, thoughtfulness, kindness, respect for family, and sexual modesty. • Influence of Islamic Laws on Saudi Bedouin lifestyle. • Integration of values like sexual modesty due to religious beliefs. • Historical and Cultural Antecedents • Saudi Arabia's rich historical background as a trade hub. • Cultural influence from Bedouin heritage and deep-rooted Islamic principles. • Archaeological evidence of human habitation and trade routes. Conservative Cultural Traits • Saudi Arabia as a conservative culture with strict beliefs and practices. • Unification of Saudis through Islam guiding personal, financial, political, and social endeavors. • Observance of Islamic practices like Friday as the preferred day and prayer times. • Contrast of Tradition and Modernity • Saudis as individuals living in the present with assertiveness and free opinions. • Strong family ties despite historical and traditional culture. • Role of family in Saudi society across different social classes. Importance of Family and Gender Roles • Saudi families as closely knit social institutions. • Strong family connections impacting various aspects of society. • Changing role of women in Saudi society, led by social shifts. • Social Etiquette and Traditions • Cultural tolerance for social gaffes and adaptability. • Necessity of adhering to local traditions and decency for positive interactions.
• Adaptation for cooperation and communication between genders, especially in professional settings. • Conclusion • Synthesis of Saudi cultural values and Islamic principles. • The role of tradition, religion, and history in shaping Saudi Arabian culture. • Unique blend of conservatism and modernity in the country's cultural fabric.