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Middle East Culture

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Galabaya
traditional dress of the Middle East.
Hummus
traditional dish of the Middle East made from chick peas or garbanzo beans.
T.E. Lawrence
Aided the Arabic cultures in defeating the Ottoman Turks in WWI.
Koran
Holy book of Islam
Ramadan
Last month of the Islamic calendar; faithful Muslims fast from sunup to sundown during this month.
5
Number of times a day a faithful Muslim prays.
2 1/2%
Percentage faithful Muslims give to charity.
Muhammad
Islamic prophet and founder of Islam.
Ali
Leader of the Shiah Muslims following the death of Muhammad.
Abu Bakr
Leader of the Sunni Muslims following the death of Muhammad.
ISIS
Islamic extremist group found in the norther portions of Iraq and Syria.
Kurds
A Sunni Muslim group found in the mountainous region of northern Iraq; they are currently being supplied by the U.S. to fight ISIS.
Mecca
Destination of a faithful Muslim's pilgrimage; also contains the Ka'aba.
Jerusalem
City of conflict for the three monotheistic religions; all three lay claim to some part of old portion of this city.
Temple Mount
This is the location under the control of the Islamic faith/culture in Jerusalem; the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque is found here.
Dome of the Rock
According to Islamic traditions, this is the location from which Muhammad ascended to heaven; additionally, this is the supposed location from which Abraham attempted to sacrifice his son (Isaac or Ishmael - depending upon the monotheistic faith).
Wailing Wall
the Western Wall of Solomon's Temple; retains spiritual significance to faithful Jews.
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
According to Christian traditions, this is the location of "Golgotha" and the tomb in which Jesus was buried.
Crusades
Series of wars in which the Christian cultures of Europe attempting to regain control of Jerusalem from the Muslim cultures of the Middle East.
Salaadin
Sultan of Egypt and Syria; he defeated King Richard the Lionhearted in the Crusades.
Indulgence
A document you could purchase from the Roman Church for the remittance of your wrongdoings.
Venice, Genoa, Pisa
Three cities in Italy that benefited financially from the Crusades.
Suez Canal
Man-made water way from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.
Teddy Roosevelt
U.S. president who greatly influence foreign policy away from the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Saddam Hussein
Former dictator of Iraq; he was once accused of using chemical weapons on the Kurds; he was also accused of developing a nuclear weapon resulting in the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
President Assad
Current president of Syria; retain dictator-like status; accused of using chemical weapons on his own people in the Syrian civil war.
Refugee
An individual who is displaced from their home as a result of war or other conflict.
Sykes-Picot Agreement
Post-WWI agreement to divide the Ottoman Empire into smaller countries under Western European influence; this did not include a state for the Israelis nor did it include a state for the Kurds.
Six Day War
Conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in which the Israelis used a preemptive strike to end the war in six days.
Yom Kippur
The last of the High Holy Days; important Jewish holiday; in 1973, the Arab nations surrounding Israel attacked Israel on this day.
Zionism
A mass movement of the Jewish culture back to Zion (Jerusalem); did not gain much momentum until the conclusion of WWI.
Balfour Declaration
An agreement between the British administration and the Jewish culture detailing Jewish support of the war effort in WWI in return for a British effort to reestablish a country for Israel in the Middle East.
Al Qaeda
Terrorist organization associated with the attacks on the U.S. on 9/11.
Taliban
Extremist political group found in Afghanistan which provided a safe environment for Al Qaeda to perform its terrorist activities.
Hamas
Political group (sometimes labeled a terrorist organization) representing Palestinian interests in Israel; their objective is to fight for Palestinian independence.
Yassir Arafat
Former leader of the PLO.
PLO
Palestinian Liberation Organization; past organization representing Palestinian interests in the Middle East; once led by Yassir Arafat.
Camp David Accords
A series of peace agreements between Israel and Middle Eastern countries which have taken place at the presidential retreat center in the U.S. named Camp David; President Carter was the first U.S. president to organize these peace agreements between Egypt and Israel.
Arab Spring
A recent surge in democratic revolutions in the northern portions of Africa and the Middle East; most revolutionaries fought for more individual freedoms and an overthrow of dictatorial regimes.
China
Leading consumer of oil in the world today.
United States
Leading producer of oil in the world today.
OPEC
Organization of oil producing countries; working together, these countries can control the production of oil and, therefore, control the cost of oil.
Cultural Diffusion
The spreading of cultural characteristics to another culture; example: china from China.
Hammurabi
Created one of the world's earliest law codes which is the culmination of an advanced civilization; "eye for an eye."
Mesopotamia
A.k.a. the Fertile Crescent; land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
Domestication of Plants and Animals
One of the essential characteristics of an advanced civilization; this is needed to create a larger population.
Ruhollah Khomeini
Supreme leader of Iran; likes to tweet - which is ironic seeing that the people of Iran are not allowed to access social media sights.
President Ahmadinejad
Former president of Iran; made a number of harsh statements towards Israel and the Western world.
Iranian Revolution
Took place in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was overthrown; the U.S. embassy in Tehran was also invaded; this led to increased oil prices in the U.S. and a unstable relationship between Iran and the U.S.
Torah
Jewish holy book.
Ishmael
The Islamic culture can trace their ancestry back to Abraham through this guy; Abraham's son through Hagar.
Isaac
The Jewish culture can trace their ancestry back to Abraham through this guy; Abraham's son with Sarah.