True or false?

Arab students

A good old fashioned true or false quiz…

1. In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to go to university.

This is false. Although they need the consent of a male guardian to attend, more women than men attend and graduate from university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2. Oman was once colonised by the Portuguese.

This is true. The Portuguese occupied Oman for 143 years between 1507 and 1650 and the fortresses they built still stand.

3. The country of Jordan is a republic.

This is false. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is ruled by Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, who has been on the throne since 1999.

4. The most popular sport in Morocco is cricket.

This is false. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Morocco. In fact, the Moroccan national team were the first to qualify for the second round of the World Cup, back in 1986.

5. There are more Shia Muslims than Sunni in the Arab world.

This is false. There are far more Sunni Muslims than there are Shia Muslims in the Arab world.

6. The Islamic calendar is solar.

False. The Islamic calendar is lunar. This means events like Ramadan shift forward by ten or eleven days a year.

7. The hajj (pilgrimage) predates Islam

True. People visited Mecca on pilgrimage long before the founding of Islam.

8. At the end of Ramadan an animal must be sacrificed.

False. Although Ramadan does end with a festival (Eid al-Fitr), this does not include animal sacrifice. Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) takes place later in the year, marking Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael.