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Southwest Asia and North Africa. Introduction. Rich cultural legacy Agricultural revolution Urban civilization Petroleum industry 68% of world’s oil reserves OPEC Political issues Islamic fundamentalism. Aleppo, Syria. Environmental Geography. Levant. Maghreb.

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introduction
Introduction
  • Rich cultural legacy
    • Agricultural revolution
    • Urban civilization
  • Petroleum industry
    • 68% of world’s oil reserves
    • OPEC
  • Political issues
    • Islamic fundamentalism

Aleppo, Syria

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Levant

Maghreb

Mostly composed of deserts and uplands

  • Deserts: Sahara, Libyan, Nubian
  • Uplands:Arabian Peninsula, Anatolian Plateau, Iranian Plateau
  • Lowlands: Tigris-Euphrates River, Nile River
salinization
Salinization
  • How?

Extensive irrigation + arid climates

    • Salt accumulation in topsoil
    • Lower crop yields, and land abandonment
  • Where?

Iraq, central Iran, Egypt, and irrigated Maghreb

water management
Water management
  • Qanat system
    • Tapping into groundwater through tunnel
    • Iran  Arabian Peninsula, and North Africa
water management1

Fish catches between 1962 and 1992

Water management
  • Aswan High Dam (1970)
    • Benefits
      • Year-round cropping
      • Hydroelectricity
    • Detriments:
      • Salinization
      • Schistosomiasis
      • Damages fishing industry near the Nile Delta
hydropolitics
Hydropolitics
  • What?

Interplay of water resource issues and politics

  • Where?

Nile River

    • Sudan  Egypt

Tigris-Euphrates River

    • Turkey  Iraq, Syria

Jordan River

    • Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria
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More than 400 million
  • Highest physiological densities
  • Tie between water and life
  • Population cluster
    • North Africa
      • The Nile Valley, and Maghreb region
    • Southwest Asia
      • Highlands, and better-watered shores of the Mediterranean
rural settlement patterns
Rural settlement patterns
  • What is the most important indicator of rural settlement?

water

rural settlement patterns1
Rural settlement patterns
  • Home to early form of agriculture
  • 1. Domestication
    • 10,000 years ago
    • Wheat, barley, cattle, sheep, goats
  • 2. Fertile Crescent
    • Early agricultural activity (5,000 years ago)
    • Lebanon, Syria, northern Iraq, and eastern Turkey
rural settlement patterns2
Rural settlement patterns
  • Reflects interrelationship between water and life
  • 1. Pastoral nomadism
    • In the drier portions of the region, inadequate moisture make permanent settlement impossible
    • Seasonal movement of livestock from place to place
  • 2. Oasis settlement
    • Tightly clustered permanent settlement
rural settlement patterns3
Rural settlement patterns
  • 3. Irrigated agriculture along exotic rivers
    • Exotic rivers
      • Transport water from distant, more humid lands into drier regions
      • eg. Nile, Tigris, Euphrates
    • Irrigated collective farming
      • eg. Kibbutzes
  • 4. Dryland agriculture
    • Depends on seasonal moisture to support farming
    • Practiced on the Mediterranean climate regions
urban settlement patterns
Urban settlement patterns
  • What shaped the urban landscapes?
  • Political system

Religion

Trades

Globalization

Colonialism

cities as centers of political authority
Cities as centers of political authority
  • 3500 BC Mesopotamia
  • 3000 BC Egypt
  • Temples, palaces, tombs, and public buildings
cities as trading centers
Cities as trading centers
  • 2000 BC the shores of the eastern Mediterranean
    • Beirut (Lebanon), Damascus (Syria)
  • Port facilities, warehouse districts, and commercial thoroughfares
cities as religious centers
Cities as religious centers
  • Islam (622)
  • 8th century Baghdad, Cairo
  • Walled urban core (medina), bazaar
colonialism
colonialism
  • Added another layer of urban landscape features
  • Late 19th century North Africa
    • Algiers (French), Cairo (British)
globalization
globalization
  • Since 1950 added to traditional urban centers
    • High-rise apartment houses, and sprawling squatter settlements

Cairo, Egypt

globalization1
globalization
  • Since 1970 oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf
    • Modern Western urban design, futuristic architecture, and new transportation infrastructure

Abu Dhabi, UAE

migration patterns
Migration patterns
  • Rural-to-urban shift
    • Saudi Arabian: 18% (1950)  83% (2000)
  • Migration within the region
    • To oil-rich states such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE
  • Migration between the region
    • Job
      • Turkish  Germany
      • Algerian, Moroccan  France
  • Political forces
    • Lebanese, Iranian  western Europe, North America
    • Jewish  Israel
religion
Religion
  • Which religion has originated in Southwest Asia?

Judaism (4000 years ago)

Christianity (2000 years ago)

Islam (622)

geographies of religion

BC 2000

AD 70

1948

Mesopotamia to Canaan

Jewish Diaspora

Jew’s return to Israel

Geographies of religion
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
    • Outgrowth of Judaism
    • Emerged 2000 years ago near Israel
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Geographies of religion
  • Islam
    • Originated in Makkah (or Mecca) in AD 622
    • Follows Quran (or Koran)
    • Divided into Shiites and Sunnis
    • Diffused to Persia (656), North Africa & Iberian Peninsula (750), Central/South Asia, and Southeast Asia
geographies of language
Geographies of language
  • Afro-Asiatic
    • Semitic language
      • Arabic
      • Hebrew
    • Berber language
  • Indo-European
    • Indo-Iranian language
      • Persian
      • Kurdish
  • Altaic
    • Turkish language
colonial legacy
Colonial legacy
  • When?
    • Late arrival because of Turkish Ottoman Empire
    • Began after WWI (1918)
    • Ended by the 1950s
colonial power france
Colonial power - France
  • Maghreb
    • Algeria (1830s)
    • Tunisia (1881)
    • Morocco (1912)
  • After WWI
    • Syria (1918)
    • Lebanon (1918)
colonial power great britain
Colonial power - Great Britain
  • British Protectorate before 1900
    • Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Aden
  • Suez Canal (1869)
    • Egypt (1882), Sudan (1896)
  • After WWI
    • Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq
decolonization and independence
Decolonization and independence
  • North Africa
    • Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco (1950s)
    • Algeria (1962)
  • Southwest Asia
    • Iraq (1932), Lebanon (1946), Syria (1946), etc…

while containing the cultural seeds of its later trouble

arab israeli conflict1
Arab-Israeli conflict
  • “Intifada” (1987)
    • Demonstration, led by Palestinian, against the rule of Israel in Gaza Strip and the West Bank
  • Agreements between the PLO and Israel (1990s)
    • Potential control of the ruling Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Gaza Strip and West Bank
islamic fundamentalism
Islamic fundamentalism
  • Khomeni took power in Iran (1979)
  • “Rule the country by the Islamic law”
  • Sudan (1989)
  • Algeria (1992~)
  • Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia…
conflicts within states
Conflicts within states
  • Lebanon (1975-95)
    • Discord among Christian and Muslim communities
    • Spillover of Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Iraq
    • South: Shiites
    • North: Kurds
  • Cyprus
    • Northern third: Islamic Turkish
    • South: Greek Orthodox
conflicts between states
Conflicts between states
  • Western Sahara  Morocco (late 1970s)
  • Libya  Israel, Western Europe, U.S…. (1969~)
  • Sudan  Egypt (1995)
  • Iran-Iraq war (1980-88)
  • Persian Gulf war (1990-91)
geopolitical issues
Geopolitical issues
  • What is the destablizing force after WWII?

Creation of Israel

Rise of Islamic fundamentalism

Cold war (eg. Libya)

Ethnic differences (eg. Kurds)

Political/religious divide (eg. Sudan, Labanon)

relations with the u s
Relations with the U.S.
  • Strong allies

Israel, and Turkey

  • Strongly opposed

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya

  • Ambiguous relations

Saudi Arabia

regional economic patterns
Regional economic patterns
  • Higher-income oil exporters
    • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and UAE
  • Lowe-income oil exporters
    • Algeria, Libya, Iraq, and Iran
  • Prospering without oil
    • Israel, Turkey, Tunisia, and Cyprus
regional patterns of poverty
Regional patterns of poverty
  • Sudan
    • Civil war
  • Morocco
    • Berber communities
    • Brain drain
  • Egypt
    • Population growth
  • Yemen
    • Civil unrest
the role of women
The role of women
  • Is major social issues
    • Lowest female labor participation rates
    • Large gap between male and female literacy
  • But is changing
    • Iran
    • Libya
    • Israel
connections with global economy
Connections with global economy
  • Oil economy
    • Influences oil price
    • Outflow of capital
  • Economic integration
    • E.U., AFTA, Union of the Arab Maghreb
    • Role of Saudi Arabia
  • Tourism
    • Ancient historical sites; significant religious localities
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