The Middle East : A Place Of Conflict

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The Middle East has always been known as a place of conflict. Especially today, when there are so many terrorists that they make the news at least once a month, but this has been going on throughout its history. The reason for many of its problems comes from its diverse cultures and religions, this creates a kind of friction among them that doesn 't go away and does turn to violence. However, the Middle East has been able to keep its power because of its abundance of oil. For this, many countries must look away from its violence and make trade agreements with them. And it 's not only oil they have, every country in the Middle East has something that makes that place a necessity for other countries.
As I stated before the Middle East has very diverse cultures. Most are Muslims and speak Arabic, but there are also Christians and Jews. And for 150 years Islam was successfully able to govern all of its peoples as one political region, but it didn 't last forever. Beginning the tenth century the Arabs could no longer control their empire, and soon they were conquered by the Turks along with most of the Middle East. The Turks adopted the Islamic religion and ruled the Middle East, and the Christians and Jews received some hardship from them. The Turks slowly started to lose control of the Middle East and many of their empires were lost until there was one left, the Ottoman Empire. During their reign life for non-Muslims started to improve, but there was still friction among the religions. When World War I broke out the Ottoman Empire joined the central powers and when the central powers lost, the Ottoman Empire was divided by the allies. The only place that would not be controlled by the allies was the Arabian peninsula, which wa...

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...y kept they language and culture, which is Turkish. The Turks did not rule the Middle East forever, as I stated before, they lost control of them and after the World War I the Turks only kept Asia Minor and Istanbul. Iran’s people are Islamic but they are not Arabs. They kept their Persian background, and they have a Persian culture because 3,000 years ago Persians arrived in the area of Iran and Persia was part of Iran for 600 years. Cyprus is an island in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. This place was first discovered by Greeks in 1,200 BC. Today about four fifths speak Greek and are Greek Orthodox Christians and the one fifth left are Turkish and follow Islam. After gaining their independence in 1960, the island was split in two by civil war. One side wanted to unite with Greece and the other side refused to join Greece.

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