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Sheikhka Ruins

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Sheikhka, a village located in the wild, rural country outside Erbil, never boasted a large Jewish community. While presumably higher in the years prior to the community's dissolution (i.e., the emigration of over 20,000 Kurdistani Jews in 1951-1952) there were all of ten Jews there at the turn of that decade. The Jews were, as their neighbors, involved in tending crops and animals, as well as artisanal crafts, such as the manufacture of clothing and carpets.

Our researchers were told that the ruins pictured above were somehow Jewish, and they even bear markings that would suggest such a connection, but what that was, if anything, remains a mystery.

To learn a little more see:

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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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