Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 17: History and Cultures of North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia

Student Web Activity

"Global Connections: The Middle East"

In this chapter, you have learned about how religious beliefs and traditions have influenced the culture of North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia. You have discovered that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all had their origins in this region.

Destination Title: Global Connections: The Middle East

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Start at the “Religion: Three Religions, One God” page. Read through the information presented and answer the questions below.

Why are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam also known as the Abrahamic religions?
What is monotheism?
According to this Web page, what are the main texts, or spiritual writings, of each religion?
Using what you have learned here, describe a major challenge the people of this region face because of differences over religious beliefs.
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