The next suggestion on the list is:

I would like to see questions about the history of the Middle East region that aren't focused on the past 20 some years, or centered around religion. Basically, pre-20th century Middle East history.

As it happens, I've been listening to Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour by Barbara W. Tuchman, so if I get my act together, I'd like to participate too.

Please use the tag for your questions. At the moment, there are 59 of them. Let's see how many we have next Friday!

  • To be fair we actually get rather a lot of these, but they tend to be centered around events or people depicted in either The Bible or The Koran. – T.E.D. Sep 6 '14 at 0:03
  • A small quibble: the actual term middle-east is a 20th century invention; the region was referred to using different terms before, such as near-east, orient, or specific ones like Persia, Levant, Arabia and so on. It seems a bit incongruous to tag like this, somewhat like using a USA tag on pre-Colombian North America. – congusbongus Sep 8 '14 at 2:37
  • Another term would be Asia minor. – andy256 Sep 8 '14 at 6:07
  • Asia Minor is being used only for Anatolia. You cannot use it for Egypt, for example. – biri Dec 16 '14 at 22:30

I did not end up rising to the challenge and neither, it seems, did many of you. We had two new questions:

As congusbongus mentioned, that's probably the wrong tag anyway. But I don't see any questions either. Please let me know if I missed any questions on this general topic.

  • Time yet for a new topic? – CGCampbell Sep 25 '14 at 12:18
  • @CGCampbell: Yes it is. Overdue even... – Jon Ericson Sep 25 '14 at 15:10

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