An Introduction to the Arabic Sweets

Abstract:   Introduction: Arab sweets and desserts are essential in Arab culture, hospitality, and traditions. Many sweets like baklava, kunafa, and basbousa have origins dating back centuries and have been developed in the Middle East, including Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.

Aims: This essay explores the history and development of Arab sweets, their cultural significance, traditional preparation methods, their role in celebrations, and their influence on global cuisine. The author used a quantitative research method to obtain the aims (AbuHamda et al., 2021)

Results: Research shows Arab sweets evolved from medieval-era techniques and ingredients. They represent cultural identity, community, and nostalgia. Traditional hand methods can be seen in making phyllo dough and baked sweets. Sweets are displayed in Arab hospitality, holidays like Ramadan, and milestone events. Iconic Arab pastries have spread globally while retaining cultural meaning.

Recommendations: Further research could examine sweets’ role in maintaining cultural heritage amongst the diaspora and how traditions withstand globalization and modernization. More study of historical origins and specific regional sweets is also warranted.

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