Dust Storms Along the Tigris-Euphrates Flood Plains
Dead Sea: Lowest Point on Earth Highest Salt Content (33%) 2,300’ below sea level
MOSQUES : places of worship for Muslims. Typical features are domes and minarets DOME MINARETS
The Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey. Built between 532 and 537 by the Christian Emperor Justinian I as a Byzantine church, which it functioned as for the next 900 years. In 1453, the Islamic-faithed Ottomans took over Constantinople (now Istanbul). They wasted little time in converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. It served the Muslims for almost 500 years. The Ottomans painted over the Christian mosaics - and erected the four defining minarets we see today. In 1934, Turkey changed the Hagia Sofia's status from mosque to museum and uncovered the priceless Byzantine mosaics.
http://www.sacredsites.com/1st30/domeof.html The Dome of the Rock Jerusalem: This Muslim holy site was built on the remains of the Temple of Solomon, a holy site for Jews
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~brvs/kaaba.html The Kaaba Located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the Kaaba is the most sacred site for Muslims. A Muslim must take the haj (pilgrimage) to Mecca at least once in his/her life.
http://www.israel-mfa.gov.il/mfa/go-visual.asp?MFAJ01wh0 The Church of the Holy Sepulcher Jerusalem: This church was built on the site where Christians believe that Jesus Christ was crucified.
http://www.igc.apc.org/ddickerson/western-wall.gif The Western Wall in Jerusalem: Also known as the Wailing Wall http://www.sacredsites.com/1st30/domeof.html
Other notable cultural landmarks: A “Bazaar” is an open-air market, usually in the center of a Middle eastern town. This bazaar specializes in woven Arabian carpets- verrrrrrry popular!!!! Bazaars are also called “suqs”
Cultural Landscapes are old…. Like the many walled cities around the Arab World…
…and new Like the oil rigs around the Middle East
The Jordan River System: Israel & Jordan--A Fight Over Water Rights?