Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.

The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.

Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!

When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.

Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.

Text by Steve Smith.

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Greek Chruch of Alexandria and of all Africa
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Mohamed Attef
Monastery of St. Mary - Deir Dronka
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Horus Temple at Edfu
Sane Cagulada
Beside Tornado Tower
Tina Gauer & Oli Burle - www.360tourist.net
Lagoon sunset in Taba Heights, Egypt
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
Yüksek Kilise, Guezelyurt, Cappadocia, Turkey
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white desert mushroom4
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Fruit stand in Old Market
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white desert lunch camp area
Omer Zohar
Mt. carmel after the big fire
Özgür Örsoğlu
Ankara Kalesi
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
inside the church of Ayazin
360 Riyadh
The Dead Sea
King Fahd Glorious Quran Printing Complex
Al-SALAM GATE