First and foremost I am a student and as such the information and topics that will be discussed in this blog will be of the academic variety. I shall therefore endeavor to maintain an unbiased opinion and tone within my posts. Au contraire to the tagline this will not be a slanderous blog but will hopefully inform those willing to learn, of the culture and politics in the Middle East.
Some Basic Information:
- The term ‘Middle East’ was given to the region by the West.
- The Middle East consists of: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Turkey is also considered to be part of the Middle East, however some scholars would also consider it to be separate.
- Languages: mainly semitic languages are spoken, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic. Although in some countries French, Italian, English and Russian are spoken due to previous occupation.
- Religion: There are three of the main religions found in the Middle East; Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Of Islam, there are two strains, Sunni Muslim and Shi’a (Shiite or Shi’ite) the former of which dominants within the area.