Shirley Dockerill

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4th March 2009

White Girl, Arab World - blog

Shirley Dockerill's activity

  1. September 2009
  2. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Ramadan Television

    "In the northern hemisphere the sun sets at a different time each day, either later each day (if it’s between December 21st and 21st June), or earlier (if it’s between June 21st and December 21st"

  3. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Ramadan Day 14 - Gargoan

    Gargoan is a tradition very similar to the Halloween 'Trick or Treat'"

  4. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Ramadan Hours

    During Ramadan life changes completely, night becomes day and day becomes night, or so it feels. In reality many Muslims in the GCC will switch round their daily timetable and follow times similar to the ones shown below:"

  5. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Fasting

    "It's not easy to fast from sunrise to sunset, but it is possible and millions of people will choose to fast during daylight hours for the entire month of Ramadan"

  6. April 2009
  7. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Mourning

    It was only when I mentioned the words, "she'll be mourning for forty days" to a westerner and they didn't know what I was talking about did I become aware I'd taken on some of the Gulf/ khleej [KH-lee-jee] thought processes."

  8. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Rape

    For the longest time I've beome more and more tired of the restrictions, all the superior fearfulness of people telling you, 'you shouldn't do this ...' and 'you shouldn't do that ...'"

  9. March 2009
  10. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Wosta

    Wosta (also spelt, woster/ waster/ waster but all pronounced in the same way, [wass-ter]) is an Arabic word which describes a polite form of corruption."

  11. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Valentines Day

    14th February is Valentines Day in much of the western world, but is a banned activity in Saudi Arabia."

  12. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Zaatar

    Zaatar (also spelt; za'atar, zahtar, zaatah, but all said in the same way [zaa-ta]) is the Arabic name for a spice mixture of dried and crushed wild thyme (a.k.a., mountain oregano), sumac {see wgaw blog archive: o1/o4}, toasted sesame seeds and salt."

  13. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Children's Games

    Today's post is a trip back in time - my husband has very fond memories of three games he used to play in childhood and which are desribed below:"

  14. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Alcohol

    It is said the English word alcohol originally comes from the two Arabic words, ‘Al Cohol’. In addition, the words carafe, cork, and jar also originate from Arabic."

  15. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Madrooba

    Madrooba (also spelt: maadroba/ maadrooba/ madruba, but all pronounced in the same way [ma'd-drew-ba] ) is Arabic comfort eating at its best."

  16. Shirley Dockerill wrote a blog post Arabic - English Loan Words

    "Today's posting follows on from {wgaw blog archive: 12/o3 and o6/o4} and continues the list of words whose roots are said to have been borrowed, or loaned from the Arabic."