Fertile Crescent


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Fertile Crescent,

historic region of the Middle East. A well-watered and fertile area, it arcs across the northern part of the Syrian desert. It is flanked on the west by the Mediterranean and on the east by the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, and includes all or parts of Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. From antiquity this region was the site of settlements and the scene of bloody raids and invasions.

Fertile Crescent

an area of fertile land in the Middle East, extending around the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates in a semicircle from Israel to the Persian Gulf, where the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Phoenician, and Hebrew civilizations flourished
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In sharp contrast to the Fertile Crescent, the eastern regions of the ancient Near East have to a large extent remained unexplored.
As pillars of the Fertile Crescent, Iraq and Syria have always provided Arab culture with the best of art, poetry, and literature, and have shown the Arab yearning for unity, democracy, and development.
This signals the rise of a yetun-declared Turkish policy in the Middle East: Anticipating the decentralization of post-Assad Syria, and hoping to take advantage of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish north, Turkey is carving out a cordon sanitaire across the northern Fertile Crescent, building influence among the Kurdish population as well as in large commercial centers such as Aleppo and Mosul, cities that Turkish policymakers recall in their historical mind's eye as frontier lands of the Ottoman Empire.
The focus of instability would appear to be the Fertile Crescent, a volatile block of territory that reflects 5000 years of close association, but is still bitterly fragmented in at least four ways:
Al-Baqir al-Afif Mukhtar further noted in his paper that "The Arabs of the Middle East, and especially those of the Arab Peninsula, and the Fertile Crescent, represent the in-group of the Arab identity that Northerners aspire to.
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Hordeum and Triticum, for instance, derive from the Fertile Crescent of the Near East, not from an African diffusion centre.
This serves as a fascinating mini-lesson in the long, dynamic history of the Arabian Peninsula and Fertile Crescent.
His group has also identified dried-up milk fat on the oldest pottery shards ever found, dating back 9,000 years from an area outside Europe, in the Middle East, called the Fertile Crescent.
Summary: Located in Fertile Crescent Land, the province of Kirkuk has been for a long time defined in terms of its physical geography.
Iraq's Fertile Crescent, which lies between the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers, has been since ancient times a vast breadbasket, to the point that some believe that within it was the biblical Garden of Eden, the paradise enjoyed by Adam and Eve.