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Into the Desert: An Arab View of the Book of Mormon
|Title||Into the Desert: An Arab View of the Book of Mormon|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Arabia; Behavior; Book of Mormon; Culture; Desert; Middle East; Oaths|
The Book of Mormon culture is found to be strikingly similar to that of the Middle East. An Arab Latter-day Saint tells his experience with the Book of Mormon and how he is able to relate to the stories within its pages because of his cultural origins. Among the congruities discussed are the structure of the family, the concept of taking oaths, the behavior of women, and the danger of the desert. Together, these points demonstrate the worth of the Book of Mormon and show how each reader is able to draw from his or her own cultural background in order to infer different messages.