WR Lecture Video Notes: Middle East #1 Salaam! Intro to the Middle East Middle East is described as the Cradle of Civilization o Core of western civilization Started in middle east not Europe The Levant is the Fertile Crescent Dawn of civilization occurred 10-12,000 years ago First scene where people shifted from hunter/gatherers to farmer types o Place where people started to congregate like a village Inventions o Wheel o Mill o Irrigation systems o Writing Phoenicians were from the modern state of Lebanon Phonetic alphabet Egyptians came up with hieroglyphics Acadians and Samarians came up with cuneiform writing Arabic numerals o Arabian Peninsula o Stolen from Indians Middle east is the cradle of the world’s three biggest monotheistic religions o Judaism o Christianity o Islam Middle East contains 500+ million people Region of: o Political upheaval o Military intervention from outsiders o Military extremists on the inside o
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- Fall '08
- Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates