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Into the Desert: An Arab View of the Book of Mormon

TitleInto the Desert: An Arab View of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsAbunuwara, Ehab
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination60-65, 111
KeywordsArabia; 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.