The Middle East has been an active participant in worldly events since the beginning of time. The Middle East is reference for a collection of countries in West Asia. It includes Israel, Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Israel is located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and occupies all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean ocean, bounded by Egypt in the south, Lebanon in the North, and Jordan in the east. In biblical times Israel was known as the land of Canaan as well as the Promised Land. It was called the Promised Land because it was the land that God had promised the descendants of the Hebrew patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was supposed to be a great land, “a land flowing with milk and honey” (e.g., Ex. 3:8).
The beginnings and growth of the Islamic religion were an important part of the Middle Eastern region. The Islamic religion began with a man named Muhammed who was born in Arabia in the city of Mecca in 570 CE. Muhammed believed that there was only one god and that he was called Allah. Muhammed claimed to have visions and receive messages or revelations from Allah. Muhammed would memorize the messages and teach them to his followers, the Muslims. Most of the people... [continues]
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