How Well Do You Know About Diversity in the Mashreq?

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How well do you know the Mashreq? It is a video on diversity in the Mashreq region of West Asia and North Africa. The short video is produced by Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal).

How Well Do You Know The Mashreq?

  1. Mashreq: is an Arabic word means “the place of the sunrise”, “Orient” or the “East”
  2. As of 2016, it is home for 3% of the global population (≈350 million) living in 17 countries with many different religions and a variety of ethnic and linguistic groups. These countries are:

Lebanon, Syria, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Yemen. In the larger sense, it also includes Turkey Iran and Egypt.

  1. There are over 50 languages in the Mashreq. Most spoken languages are Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew, Kurdish, Armenian and Aramaic.
  2. The mashreq is the cradle of earliest ancient human civilisations such as SumerAkkadAssyriaBabylonia, Palmyra, EblaUgaritCanaanArameaPhoeniciaHittite, Sassanid, Israel and ancient Egypt.
  3. Today there are around 30 ethnic groups: ArabsPersiansTurksKurds, Amazigh, CoptsDruzeJewsArameansArmeniansAssyriansBalochsGreeks, Mandeans, SamaritansShabaks and Yazidis etc.
  4. there are over 17 religions practised in the Mashreq region today such as Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam, DruzeYazidismMandaeismYarsanismShabakismBaha’i Faith and Ishikism.
  5. The Ottoman Empire occupied the Mashreq region for approximately 400 years until 1916, when European powers, namely France and Great Britain, divided the region into colonies according to Sykes-Picot treaty.
  6. It shouldn’t be surprising to find a multitude of different cultures coexisting in the Mashreq.

Did you know the Mashreq is that diverse?

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Music by Alp Yenier/”Waiting Immigrant” by Reg Project Manuscript by Hakim Khatib Design by Ivan E. Rosado Publisher: Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal)

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