Arabic Cluster Shame-based (Islamic version)
Guilt-based Shame-based Shame/Fear-based

United Arab Emirates

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 2,342,678
Indicated Decisions 2014: 100,503
Population: 9.6 million

Bahrain

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 635,850
Indicated Decisions 2014: 37,347
Population: 1.4 million

Djibouti

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 48,980
Indicated Decisions 2014: 8,978
Population: 879,000

Algeria

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 3,993,575
Indicated Decisions 2014: 351,491
Population: 40.6 million

Egypt

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 7,065,878
Indicated Decisions 2014: 821,822
Population: 84.7 million

Western Sahara

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 0
Indicated Decisions 2014: 0
Population: 400,000

Iraq

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 5,630,924
Indicated Decisions 2014: 295,765
Population: 35.8 million

Iran

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 3,251,557
Indicated Decisions 2014: 366,233
Population: 79.5 million

Jordan

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 731,630
Indicated Decisions 2014: 31,105
Population: 7.7 million

Kuwait

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 1,147,302
Indicated Decisions 2014: 60,027
Population: 3.6 million

Lebanon

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 769,083
Indicated Decisions 2014: 73,907
Population: 5.1 million

Libya

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 800,749
Indicated Decisions 2014: 77,045
Population: 6.3 million

Morocco

Shame/Fear-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 4,437,538
Indicated Decisions 2014: 458,036
Population: 34.6 million

Mauritania

Shame/Fear-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 610,789
Indicated Decisions 2014: 57,110
Population: 4.1 million

Oman

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 1,839,939
Indicated Decisions 2014: 138,294
Population: 4.2 million

Palestine

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 0
Indicated Decisions 2014: 0
Population: 4.4 million

Qatar

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 834,654
Indicated Decisions 2014: 44,015
Population: 2.4 million

Saudi Arabia

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 5,864,389
Indicated Decisions 2014: 374,150
Population: 29.9 million

Sudan

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 4,938,597
Indicated Decisions 2014: 453,075
Population: 39.6 million

Somalia

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 263,280
Indicated Decisions 2014: 32,697
Population: 11.1 million

Syrian Arab Republic

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 590,131
Indicated Decisions 2014: 72,665
Population: 22.3 million

Tunisia

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 1,319,954
Indicated Decisions 2014: 74,323
Population: 11.2 million

Turkey

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 7,551,106
Indicated Decisions 2014: 272,666
Population: 76.7 million

Yemen

Shame-based

GMO Gospel Visits 2014: 964,874
Indicated Decisions 2014: 132,158
Population: 25.5 million

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Characteristics of the Arabic Cluster

  • Social Control

    Shame-based (Islamic version)
  • Culture

    Religious purity tends to be the Holy Grail for a Tight culture like the Arabic one.
    Danish cartoons that criticized Islam were free speech, but many Arabs were outraged.
    In the Arab world, do not use your left hand to hold things as it is used only for hygiene. The Arab world is less understood in the West than just about any other cultural cluster. Many Arab countries score very high on the Being and short-term Time Orientation.
    Family is the core value for this cluster, but in a different way from Asian families.
    Arab family is patriarchal and hierarchal; Larger families are more prestigious.
    The more children, the more virile a father is seen; Male offspring are strongly preferred. The son takes care of the father when the father ages and also the son can bring him honor. A father’s daughter can only be neutral or bring the father shame.
    Dress is important and Arab men often wear expensive clothes and cologne.
    Women’s dress varies a lot; Saudi Arabia has the most restrictive women’s dress.
    In Jordan or Egypt, the women look like women in any modern city.
    The hajib is often thought of as oppressive by many people including many Muslim women. Arab merchants have being doing business for millennia and are good businessmen.
    Arab men can hold their hands in public; Small talk is important before meetings.
    Age and wisdom are important in the Arab world more so than youth and beauty.
    Men do not shake hands with a Muslim woman or have extended eye contact.
  • Economics

    A family sharing a meal with a friend is a way of seeing if he is trustworthy in business. Spoken words are more valued than written ones; Contracts mean little until spoken. Powerful men will often hire family members who are less capable than other applicants; In the West, we consider this nepotism, but the Particularist Arabs see it as normal.
    Most Arab countries of the world are relatively weak economically unless they produce oil. Even in oil-producing countries, only a few people are wealthy or even of the middle class.
  • History / Politics

    Families are deeply trusted; Clan and tribe is far more important than the nation. Arab laws protect the rights of the family as oppose to protecting individuals. Muslim countries were powerful after Mohammed’s life due to conquering lands. They threatened Europe and were in the Balkan area and Spain for centuries.
    The Arab area was controlled by Ottoman Turks who were non-Arab, but Muslim.
    Once Ottoman empire died in World War I, much of Arab lands controlled by the West.
    These areas were freed in the decades after World War II.
    UN gave Jews a portion of the land in Palestine in 1948; Has been resented by Arabs ever since.
  • Spirituality

    Arabs make up only 15% of all the Muslims in the world.
    Most Arabs accept other believers, but have difficulty if one is an atheist or secular.
    Islam is a fatalistic religion as things are decided by the will of Allah.
    Pork and alcohol will be avoided by many Muslims.
    Islam is divided into Sunni and Shiite Muslims who consider the other heretics.
    Wars and strife between Arab nations has been common even today.
    Islam is a fatalistic and corrupt system that keeps tyrannies in place and people impoverished.