If you're a child: Egyptians, Pyramids, Camel Jockeys, Belly Dancers, Harams, Hookahs Why we have to send CIA, MI6, drones and soldiers □ Don’t forget about OIL! □ If you're an adult: Chaos, Violence, War, Civil War, Ethnic and Religious wars, Arab Spring, Terrorism Core/Center of Western Civilization - started in middle east not europe □ All hung out in the LEVANT - aka the fertile crescent Specialization - merchants, farmers, blacksmiths, soldiers, kings Invented - wheel, irrigation, writing, phonetic alphabet, mill Arabic numerals - 1,2,3,4… - arabs stole it from the indians Cradle/Birthplace of the big 3: Judaism, Christianity, Islam Beginning of class structures, cities, centralized political institutions, specialization ◊ This area was were humans first shifted from hunter gathers to sedentary lifestyles Mesopotamia - Sumeria, Babylon, Hittites, Syrians, Phonecians □ Most of history it was the CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION Many things come to mind when you think of the Middle East -
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