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Middle East Complexities: Culture and Conflict: Start Here

This guide provides resources to help understand and analyze the often conflicting cultural, religious, political, and historical forces at work in the Middle East. It also served as a companion resource to FV's Spring 2015 Syria Global Gatherings.

Middle East Complexities: Culture and Unrest

This guide provides resources to help understand and analyze the often conflicting cultural, religious, political, and historical forces at work in the Middle East. It also served as a companion resource to the Syria Global Gatherings, held during Spring 2015 semester at the Florissant Valley Campus. The guide therefore explores Syrian culture, and the current conflict there, in some depth.

Use the "tabs" at the top of the guide to navigate. Make sure to scroll all of the way down each page to see the full range of available resources.

"Where is the Middle East?" -- The concept of a region called the “Middle East” is a relatively recent and unstable construction. (Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations)

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Interactive Middle East Friendship Chart

The Middle East Friendship Chart

With overlapping civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a new flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and tense nuclear talks with Iran, Middle Eastern politics are more volatile than ever and longtime alliances are shifting. Here's a guide to who's on whose side in the escalating chaos. Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and writes the World blog. Select title link above for interactive access to the chart; click on a cell for additonal information.

Maps that Explain the Middle East

Gulf2000 Project - Maps and Statistics Collections

All maps and their accompanying texts that are hosted by this Gulf/2000 web site are original, authored and produced by Dr. Michael Izady who retains exclusive copyright. The maps may be used for personal and educational use, crediting Dr. Izady as author and Gulf2000 as host. Maps are frequently upgraded by Dr. Izady, who offers educational programs and risk strategies training to members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the U. S. State Department.


Forty Maps that Explain the Middle East, by Max Fischer, hosted by Vox

Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Select this link to view 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.


Afternoon Map's Comprehensive Map List

Nick Danforth is a doctoral candidate in Turkish history at Georgetown University. The Afternoon Map's Comprehensive Map List is a must-see resource.

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