DIVERSITY AMID GLOBALIZATION Chapter 7 Overview SOUTHWEST ASIA & NORTH AFRICA Extending over 4,000 miles and including over 24 independent nations, this is a vast region of political, cultural and geographic diversity. It is home to one of the modern world’s longest running political and religious conflicts. It is also an area of great wealth due to the vast oil reserves that lie within this region. While we are used to referring to the region as the “Middle East,” that term reflects Western ethnocentrism and your authors will make efforts to avoid it. The northern nations of Africa are included for study in this chapter because of their geographic proximity and their strong cultural ties to the region. We will introduce and examine two more religions in this unit, Judaism and Christianity. Your knowledge of these religions, combined with your knowledge of Islam will help you to understand the religious conflict in this region. Keep this paper in your folder or binder because it will be used to assign reading and homework. SECTION 1: (pgs. 277-284) – Environmental Geography: Life in a Fragile World. SECTION 2: (pgs. 284 – 293) – Population and Settlement: Patterns in an Arid Land SECTION 3: (pgs. 293 – 299) – Cultural Coherence and Diversity: Signatures of Complexity. SECTION 4: (pgs. 299 – 307) – Geopolitical Framework: A Region of Persisting Tensions SECTION 5: (pgs. 307 – 316) – Economic and Social Development: Lands of Wealth and Poverty Anticipated Test Dates: Test #1 – Sections 1 & 2; 2-18-15 Test #2 – To Be Announced REMEMBER…you have many key research paper deadlines during the course of this unit. Keep organized & up to date with assigned reading!!