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Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010


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After interacting with the people of Jordan I discovered a lot of the population is made of Palestinean refugees. Although a lot of the make up is from Palestine the Jordanians don't necessarily get along with them or welcome them. But as of current terms a lot of Iraqi refugees have fleed their homes to Jordan. So quickly the country is being populated by those of surrounding countries. So for my ISP I've decided to go into the depth of the interaction of the refugees as well as learning the history of why they are forced to move to Jordan.

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Nabibi Jacob,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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After interacting with the people of Jordan I discovered a lot of the population is made of Palestinean refugees. Although a lot of the make up is from Palestine the Jordanians don’t necessarily get along with them or welcome them. But as of current terms a lot of Iraqi refugees have fleed their homes to […]

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07/5/10

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Nabibi Jacob

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After very informative and fun conversation with Sara about everything under the sun, and apparently about some independent study project we have to do (sarcasm) I decided on a topic. Mine, unfortunately, had to be cleared with all of the instructors because it bordered on a bit of touchy subject.

A favorite area of study of mine has been the history and inner workings of intelligence agencies, especially in the modern era. Jordan is one of the safest countries in theMiddle East,when many of its neighbours struggle with problems of internal strife and terrorism.For this reason, I want to study Jordan's counterterrorism strategies and their intelligence community. This will require being diplomatic with the interview process, but for me will be an extremely rewarding project to make this trip applicable to the rest of my life. Saraknows some great people I could talkto, and I am looking forward todigging into this research.

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Taylor Horn,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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After very informative and fun conversation with Sara about everything under the sun, and apparently about some independent study project we have to do (sarcasm) I decided on a topic. Mine, unfortunately, had to be cleared with all of the instructors because it bordered on a bit of touchy subject. A favorite area of study […]

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07/4/10

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Taylor Horn

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For my ISP I have decided to do a focus on the status of dance in Jordan. I will be looking at the traditional view of dance and also how it is changing (i.e. how belly dancing is viewed as vulgar or how the body is viewed by contemporary dancers). Some of the things I will be looking at closely is how women respond to my questions of them dancing and how the view of one’s body affects the way people dance. This is all for now!

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Christia Torres,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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For my ISP I have decided to do a focus on the status of dance in Jordan. I will be looking at the traditional view of dance and also how it is changing (i.e. how belly dancing is viewed as vulgar or how the body is viewed by contemporary dancers). Some of the things I […]

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07/4/10

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Christia Torres

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hello all,

a) since this yak is officially supposed to be about our isp futures, i will inform everyone that i'm going to be studying both tabla (middle eastern drum) and oud (lute). since we bought a tabla two nights ago on our scavenger hunt, i've already had plenty of opportunities to jam and learn new beats with people we meet. i'm also very excited to study oud with alena's friend in our homestays in wadi rum coming up in a few days. i'll be interested to find out how it compares with western stringed instruments and if any of my cello skills will transfer.

b) yesterday, alena and 4 of us girls (me, lizzy, francesca, and nabibi/beebster) went to a clothes shop and, after inquiring, were led into the secret abaya and hijab lair upstairs, where we all purchased delightful abayas and tried on hijab. though we all knew we would get a lot more out of our experience if we were embracing local etiquette in dressing, we had no idea that we would be rewarded so quickly - after wearing our abayas outside of the store for about 15 minutes, we were pulled in by a giant jordanian family leaving on vacation and invited (some might say forced) to have a dance party, first with me on tabla, then the family matriarch on tabla, then the full blown boombox. we learned how to dabke (a wedding dance) and generally had a great time partying it up in the middle of the street. we were all really excited that our clothing choices (and beautiful new abayas) had given us an immediate opportunity to get closer to the women here.

off to the DESERT! as someone who hates sand (even after 6 weeks in morocco), we'll see how i do. i am super excited for wadi rum's beautiful sandstone formations.

maasalaama!

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isp’s and impromptu dance parties

abby schoenfeld,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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hello all, a) since this yak is officially supposed to be about our isp futures, i will inform everyone that i’m going to be studying both tabla (middle eastern drum) and oud (lute). since we bought a tabla two nights ago on our scavenger hunt, i’ve already had plenty of opportunities to jam and learn […]

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07/4/10

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abby schoenfeld

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June 3rd in Aqaba

Matt Rodrigues,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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07/3/10

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Matt Rodrigues

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Hello to all!

Tomorrow will be our first trekking day in Wadi Rum and while walking back on the steps of Laurence of Arabia, and since our trek is longer than the movie we will not be able to post Yaks during our journey. We will be back in touch with you all hopefully on the 10th, inshaAllah with lots of stories and meditations from the land of the famous mountains, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom!

Maa salameh,

Linda.

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Trekking days and communication

Linda Bouziane,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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07/3/10

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Linda Bouziane

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We began to acclimate to Jordanian culture today. First was the not so hot day, by comparison to previous days, then was the amazing scavenger hunt through the city of Aqaba! Asking for directions, asking how to say things in Arabic from locals, even bartering (and in some cases getting lost just a smidget) was truly the best possible way to become comfortable with the culture and language!

Dinner was an adventure in itself. One group found the Quizno’s is not so good here in the Middle East and others found the falafel is quite tasty (unlike in the US).

Breaking barriers was the theme of the day. Both learning about each other and about our surroundings is an experience that will not be forgotten by any!

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June 2nd in Aqaba

Christina Torres,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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07/2/10

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Christina Torres

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Scavenger Hunt

Christina Torres, Lizzy Weiss, Taylor Horn,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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Last picture from hunt =D

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07/2/10

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Christina Torres, Lizzy Weiss, Taylor Horn

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As obvious as it sounds, the first thing that you notice about southern Jordan is its heat - a sauna-like wall that hit us the moment we stepped out of the Royal Jordanian plane at the tiny Aqaba airport. Of course, once you get closer to the sea and it gets a little darker, the coolwind and pleasant temperature make the weather fantastic for say, sleeping on the terrace of Aqaba's one and only green (as in eco-friendly) house, run by Alena's Dutch friend Theo (whose birthday is today!). We've been busy having orientation lessons, having Arabic lessons with Linda, playing wayyy too many card games, and getting on an Arab schedule (namely getting up later, going to bed later, and taking a very leisurely nap in the middle of the day). Our first ventures into Aqaba proper have been fun and full of Arabic faux-pas, but everyone in the group is very determined to practice (despite one cab driver even correcting Nick on his English). We're all getting superexcited for the trek and our upcoming homestays in Wadi Rum. Hope everyone following this back in the States (and Morocco - hi Jelly and D-Money!) is doing well and having a good summer.

maasalama for now,

Abby

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From Abby

Abby Schoenfeld,Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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07/2/10

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Abby Schoenfeld

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning and exploring we have done: going through Aqaba, talking with young girls at the youth education camp (learning that Asir=Juice), experiencing the saltiness and subtle dangers of the Red Sea, and learning about my fellow dragon companions and teachers. With that said (or written), one of my favorite experiences so far has been doing yoga while looking out at the Red Sea, Israel, and the city of Aqaba. It was absolutely amazing and a truly meditative experience that allowed me to soak the wonders of Jordan in a completely different way.

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Jordan and Syria: Crossroads of Tradition & Modernity, Summer 2010

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning and exploring we have done: going through Aqaba, talking with young girls at the youth education camp (learning that Asir=Juice), experiencing the saltiness and subtle dangers of the Red Sea, and learning about my fellow dragon companions and teachers. With that said (or written), one of my favorite experiences […]

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07/2/10

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