For most of the last 2000 middle east has been more developed than Europe o Rapidly growing population o Center of the whole story of our species o Almost everyone is Islamic except for Israel o Individual Players Arabs Persians Turks Jews Kurds Making the Middle: Who, What, Where?
o Where? Arabian Peninsula Southwest of Asia North east of Africa Hard to define the middle Middle of what Coined in 1902, by US Naval officer Asian region south of black sea, between the Mediterranean Sea to India Used to be called the Near east Created by western European Used to be called the Far east East of Europe that was far away o Who? Shared history Shared climate Shared cultural characteristic, ethnicity, religion Core states Arabian Peninsula o Saudi Arabia o Yemen o Oman o UAE o Kuwait o Jordan o Qatar o Iraq o Syria o Lebanon o Israel o Palestine o Cyprus o Turkey? Iran Egypt Sudan Somalia Eritrea Djibouti Algeria Libya Algeria Morocco 2
Western Sahara Tunisa Everything north of the band called the sehell Niger Northern chad Norther Nigeria Northern Mali Be aware some people expand even more o Afghanistan o Pakistan o All of central Asia o Homogenous Traits Desert Oil Muslim Arab Conflict 3
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