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Cultures of the Middle East

Ga standard: SS7G8 b

Felisha Pittman

on 27 March 2014

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Transcript of Cultures of the Middle East

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
The Middle East
Diverse Cultures of S.W. Asia
Believe themselves to be descendants of Abraham through his son Ishamael; most practice the religion of Islam and call themselves Muslims.
Sunni Muslims
Largest group of Muslims; make up 90%; believe that a member of the community should be Muhammad.
Shia Muslims
Make up 10% of Muslim world; believe that a family member should succeed Muhammad; live in modern day Iran and are also known as Persians.
Live in modern day Iran; ancestors were Indo-Europeans from central Europe and Southern Russia; they speak Farsi
live in different regions of the world mostly mountainous regions of Syria, Turky and Iraq and Iran; they believe themselve to be a "distinct" group of people in which they speak their own language. Most are Sunni Muslims.
Study! !
850 bound!
SS7G8: The student will describe cultures of the people who live in Southwest Asia.
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