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Unit 6 Vocabulary

A Crossroads of Diffusion: Southwest Asia/North Africa

Arab Spring A revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations overtaking dictators in the Middle East (2011)
Philosophy A belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
Scripture Any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group.
Christianity The monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as a savior.
Judaism The monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud.
Islam The monotheistic religion of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran.
Easter A Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.
Hajj The fifth pillar of Islam is a pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Dhu al-Qadah.
Yom Kippur Jewish Day of Atonement- fasting and reflecting on one's sins.
Rosh Hashanah "Jewish new year", Day of Judgment, fate of people is recorded, first of high holidays, 1st day of 7th month in Hebrew calendar.
Political Repression The use of force by a ruling group to maintain political, economic, or social control over other groups.
Ramadan The holy month of Islam believed to be the time when the Koran was given to Muhammad. Celebrated in the ninth lunar month of each year, a strict fast is observed from sunrise to sunset.
Quran or Koran Holy book of Islam.
Torah (Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written.
Absolute Monarchy A system of government in which the head of state is a hereditary position and the king or queen has almost complete power.
Monotheism The belief in one God.
Dictatorship A ruler who has absolute power.
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