What is the Islamic weekend?

Weekends just aren’t what they used to be, as the COVID-19 pandemic blurs the line between work weeks and leisure time. But the two-day weekend that many around the world consider to be a normal part of life is actually a very recent social practice with some cultural variations.

In the Islamic world, for example, the “weekend” usually means Friday and Saturday. When I moved to Egypt in 2004 to join the faculty at American University in Cairo, it took some time to get used to the fact that the work week began on Sunday, not Monday.

By Chad Haines, The Conversation

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