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Arabia & Iraq

a part of the Middle East

fossil fuels oil/natural gas; nonrenewable
desalination removal of salt from sea water
desalination plants provide fresh water for drinking & irrigation
civilization has written language & specialized jobs for workers
Mesopotamia earliest civilization; Tigris & Euphrates river valley
Fertile Crescent region of good cropland where early civilizations grew
farming hunter/gatherers began growing crops & raising animals
Sumer city with government; cuneiform writing; irrigation
city-state small country
nomads no permanent homes; herd animals
religion spiritual beliefs about a god
monotheism worshipping only one god
Islam followers are Muslim
monarchy leadership is passed down in the family
constitutional monarchy limited government
absolute monarchy ruler has unlimited control
dictator leader who seizes control; no voting
diverse economy relies on more than one resource
Created by: MISworld