January 28 2008

January 28 2008 - LCA 370 January 28, 2008 Arabia- the...

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LCA 370 January 28, 2008 Arabia- the Islamic state came into being for the first time. The first Muslim community came into being. Physical enviro determines political and social structure and the way people live. Arabian peninsula: below Syria, Jordan, and iraq. It’s 1/3 the size of the USA One of the hottest and driest regions in the whole world, rain is rare, but when happens its short and in forms of storms. Especially yemen. This affects agriculture. Fertile land is rare. On the eastern coast there is a coastal climate: Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE Southern: Yemen, Oman there is fertile land. West side: The Hejaz, not completely fertile land. Has significant oases possibilities of agriculture (usually dates). Rest of peninsula is desert and mountain terrain (9/10). The biggest one is a desert that is uninterrupted and is slightly bigger than france: Rub Al-Khali (empty quarter) Yemen and oman (southern Part), called Felix Arabia (happy Arabia) (given to yemen) because ti’s the only green part where agriculture can be engaged. Arabs are Semitic people, but its interesting how we talk today about anti-Semitism. Other semitic people in that area: Acadians, Syrians. .etc… some of them are ancient people from earlier empires. Aramaic, language spoken by Jesus is part of that region. Temporal aspect: What people are conventually taught: Barbaric invasions, roman empire falls towards the end of the 5 th century (year 476) and falls into the Dark Ages, cities and civilizations destroyed. Huge setback from the greek ages. Is this really the dark ages? Late Antiquity because after the fall of the roman empire of the west, there is still the Byzantine empire (east roman empire) surviving. Split between roman empire and east roman empire (Byzantine). Byzantine survived until the 5 th century. Byzantine adhered to Zoroastrianism (they were roman catholic). With the Sasanian empire and Byzantine empire still surviving, the concept of antiquity, Hellenistic age, still survived. Antiquity still continued there. What was the situation of the Arabian Peninsula? They were never integrally part of that world, it was always on the friendly part. There were a few kingdoms in Iraq and Syria but never integrally part of Byzantine or Sasanian empires. They tried having influence groups in Arabia. Below Syria and Iraq and above Yemen there was never a unified entity. Arabia is not accustomed to having a state. Between the boundaries mentioned above it was stateless. Jahiliyyah Byzantine Empire (Byzantion) Nea Roma (New rome) Constantinople
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Sasanian Empire (Sassanid Empire) After the rise of islam, people called the era prior to the rise of islam: Jahiliyyah (age of ignorance). Constantinople: Istambul. Capital of Byzantine Empire
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