Al-Khansa, a female contemporary of Muhammad, was an acclaimed Arab poet.
) is the name given to a series of seven Arabic poems or qasida that originated before the time of Islam.
Beirut has, in recent years, also become a major center of Arabic music.
Arabic culture refers to the culture in the countries in which the official language is Arabic (although the Arabic language is, in some such countries, a minority), and the west officials and scholars used to call them "Arab countries" of Western Asia and North Africa, from Morocco to the Arabian Sea.
Language, literature, gastronomy, art, architecture, music, spirituality, philosophy, mysticism (etc.) are all part of the cultural heritage of the pan-Arab world.
Each poem in the set has a different author, and is considered to be their best work.
Mu'allaqat means "The Suspended Odes" or "The Hanging Poems," and comes from the poems being hung on the wall in the Kaaba at Mecca.
Typically, most of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, along with parts of Jordan and Iraq, are considered Badow (Bedouins).