Arafat, Yasir – former head of PLO and of Palestinian Authority
Armenian Genocide – Turk killing of one million Armenians in 1915- 1916
Ataturk, Kemal – founding leader of modern Turkey
Ben-Gurion, David - first prime minister of Israel
Dead Sea Scrolls - biblical manuscripts dating from around 3 BC to 60 AD
Hajj – Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca
Hamas – Palestinian terrorist group, strongest in Gaza
Hezbollah – Iranian-backed group in Lebanon
Hussein, Saddam – former military dictator of Iraq
Iran/Iraq War - eight year war in 1980s, millions dead - nothing gained
Iran hostage crisis – Americans taken prisoner during the 1979 revolution
Khayyam, Omar - Muslim/Persian scientist and poet around 1100 AD
Khomeini, Ayatollah – former religious and political leader of Iran
Kurds - people without a country in Southwest Asia
Mohammed - founder of Islam
Niyazov, Saparmurat – former dictator of Turkmenistan
OPEC - Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
Ottoman Empire – Turkic Muslim empire from mid-1300's to the early 1900's
Persian Gulf War - world vs. Iraq in early 1990's
Qadhafi, Mu'ammar – leader of Libya from 1969 to 2011
Seljuk Turks - controlled much of the Middle East before and during the Crusades
Six Days War - 1967 Arab/Israeli War
Temple Mount/al-Aksa – holy site sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Wahabbism – radical Islam originating in Arabia in the 1700's
Zionism - movement to establish a Jewish nation
Each student will choose a topic from the list. You will then complete a written report meeting the following criteria:
LENGTH AND FORMAT: Your report should be approximately 450 words in length, which is around 1.5 page typed, double-spaced. Typing is required.
SOURCES: You must have at least two sources for your report. There are no restrictions on the sources you may use (except that you may not use Wikipedia). You must cite your sources in proper MLA format (use of Noodletools will help!). DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!!
CONTENT: You need to develop a thesis statement (like a topic sentence in a paragraph) and include it in the introduction to your paper. You should then organize your paper into body paragraphs, each consisting of a main argument in support of your thesis. Go beyond a simple report on your topic and offer an analysis of how this issue/person/event affects people and nations. Try to explore the causes and effects, the “why” as well as the “what.” Make sure that you organize your content and that you follow the rules or grammar and usage we have discussed!
As you will note on your syllabus, the written reports are due on Wednesday, February 22.