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Why is throwing a shoe at someone considered an insult in the Middle East.

Look. I get that throwing a shoe is a violent outburst. I just don't get how it is considered a great insult. Is this just a Middle East thing or does it happen other places.

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I know in the olden days the official custom to challenge someone to a duel was to slap him across the face with your glove. Perhaps they have some similar such custom with a shoe.

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Maybe. Instead of smacking somebody with a gauntlet you just whip a shoe at somebody.
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This may be a stretch, and it's only a wild guess on my part, but remembering the story of Jesus washing the Apostles' feet I'm reminded that footwashing was the role of a servant, and a lowly servant at that. Perhaps lobbing a shoe at someone is a reference to this and is a way of insinuating that they are beneath you, socially speaking. It's their equivalent to calling somebody white trash.
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I don't know if Indiana is considered the middle east, but yes, it's considered an insult. my family is originally from VA though, about an hour from DC, and my mom considers it insulting when my brother throws a shoe at anything. he usually just throws it at the floor hard, not at anybody.

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Thanks for trying to answer. The Middle East is a term to describe the general area around the Mediterranean Sea. You might be thinking of the term Midwest for where you live. I get that your mom might find your little brother throwing his shoes upsetting. I was talking about grown men throwing a shoe at another man being a very high insulting gesture.
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uh, midwest is so not us. Indiana is not on the coast, but Eastern Half of the US. California's on the west coast, VA, RI, NC, SC, NY, and a few more are on the East Coast. I think you're thinking of a different country/ continent when you say middle east.
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I know where Indiana is. I live in Chicago. There is the east coast, the west coast, the south, the rocky mountain region, and almost everything else is referred to as the Midwest. Maybe you just haven't heard it called that yet.
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Directioner - Buddah is referring to another country when he uses the term Middle East. It's the region of the world that includes Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, etc.
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oh. Sorry, didn't exactly catch on there. thanks for the explanation, FatKenny.
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