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Middle Eastern History and Civilization Exam 1 Study Guide

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Middle Eastern History and Civilization Exam 1 Study Guide ASH 1044

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Discusses geographic location, language, and climate of the Middle East. Also begins nomadism and monotheism.
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Exam 1 Study Guide  The Middle East is east of Europe.  o Population size :  Three largest countries: Egypt, Turkey, and Iran  the “core” of the Middle East  Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Syria.  The smaller countries are Israel, Jordan, United Arabic Emirates,  Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain.  These countries are considered to be in the Middle East in the  political geography viewpoint, not linguistic or cultural.  o Middle East geographical boundaries are not clearly stated. o Some consider countries to be a part of the Middle East if the state is in the Arab  League.  However, Turkey, Israel, and Iran are not members of this League.  o Sudan, Morocco, Libya, and Afghanistan are sometimes grouped into the Middle  East as well.  o One cannot automatically assume an Arabic speaking, Islamic state is in the  Middle East.  For example, Indonesia is in Southeast Asia, yet has the largest Muslim  population in the world, according to Michael Low.  Mesopotamia as the “fertile crescent” due to its lush soil. o There are mountains in Iran and Turkey, with fluctuation in the amount of rain  from 7.9 to 15.7 inches. o The Mediterranean climate changes throughout the year o The summers are dry, while the winters are wet, with colder temperatures.  The three core countries speak different languages o Egypt speaks Arabic o Turkey speaks Turkish o  Iran speaks Persian.  o Sudan alone has over 400 languages and dialects o Arabic and Hebrew are Semitic languages o Turkish is a Turkic language  half the amount of speakers as those of Arabic o The Persian language, as well as Kurdish, is derived from Indo­European  language Nomadism  Symbols of preislamic Arabian memory: tent, desert, honor, revenge, the tribe o Endure present day stereotypes of the middle east  Three kinds of settlement in the middle east: townspeople, peasants, nomads o Townspeople and nomads were never settled. o Nomads weren’t constantly roaming though (had sheep, cattle, camels)  Had tents – circle of tents marked kinship  Bedouin heritage – nomadic heritage o Tribalism is important symbol – strong kin o Resistance to imperial integration; ancient antagonist; couldn’t be pinned down by the byzantine empire  Empires needed to spend more resources than what they would get in  return.  Settled merchants and nomads teamed up (Commonwealth of the Mecca) Monotheism  Became state religion of byzantine empire (Christian empire)  Persian empire (Zoroastrian empire)  Arabia – extensively pagan  Persian empire is resistant to monotheism, Arabia is not o Arabs were originally polytheist  Jews were a long standing influence to the hijas, Christians were a new influence. Hijas  was an area in Arabia that began to accept monotheism  Ethiopia was highly Christianized  Pagan religion idols – animals and astrology o Practice : no temples, elaborate cosmology  Jahiliya – period of ignorance o Ignorance of the one god  Shirk – putting partners with god – considered a big sin o Monotheism is one of the areas of greatest distinction between modern day Arabia and preislamic Arabia  God replaced the many god of the pagans and the one god of the Jews/Christians  Middle eastern polytheistic religion, gods were anthropomorphic (resembling humans)  God of old testament resembled humans in actions and appearance  God that replaced the others was more transcendent, less humanlike  People of the book – jewish and Christian monotheists o Seen as wrong, but okay to muslims  Polytheists – seen as the worst of the worst o “The ignorant ones”  Qur’an – “he is god, alone” o Cultural confidence in gender and monotheism is clear


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