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Unformatted text preview: In the Modern Era: -Vital to the global economy as they provide roughly 75% of the worlds oil. Major rivers: The Nile and The Tigris-Euphrates-The Jordan River provides less potable water, less hydroelectric power, but is a major regional waterway. Dry farming- (No irrigation) Middle East and North Africa in the World Known as the Cradle of Civilization because: Its earlier population was responsible for the Domestication of plants (wheat) Production of some of the earliest integrated civilizations Establishment of large cities Organization of complex religious-political systems Innovation in some areas were particularly profound, affecting subsequent cultures to the present day. These ideas were transmitted most effectively by the rise and spread of three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Sames) Monotheism Reverence for Jerusalem Regard Abraham as a holy patriarch Share affiliated doctrinal texts Differences Jews nor Muslims believe in divinity of Jesus...
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- Spring '08