January 2, 2008

Who Controls the Middle East?

Juan Cole has an interesting blog post today featuring an animated map of the Middle East. The map shows who has controlled the Middle East since 3000 BCE. As Juan wrote:

I'd have added a couple of phases at the end, including the Cold War divisions of states by their alliances with the US and the Soviet Union, and then the new US empire in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus bases in some of the Stans of Central Asia and Qatar and Kuwait.

Update: Ijtema has highlighted this post on their blog (thanks, iMuslim!), and she made a really good observation by comparing this video to the following Qur'anic ayah:

Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before them? They were more numerous than these and superior in strength and in the traces (they have left) in the land: Yet all that they accomplished was of no profit to them. (40:82)

So true!


George Carty said...

What happened to the Parthians?

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JDsg said...

Wa 'alaikum salaam.

Thank you for the listing on Ijtema.

George: Yeah, you're right; the Parthian empire was skipped entirely; I think the map makers wanted to focus on the Roman Republic/Empire and didn't want to zoom out to be able to include all of the Parthian territory. Good catch!