What might seem simple to some who have lived and studied a given subject, is often total Greek to others . . . until we too learn. Nothing exists in a vacuum—materially or socially.
When I first went to the Middle East in 1969, I didn’t know a whole lot more of the area than the average American, which was practically nothing. Geography is not a strong suit in our education, history even less so. Further, what “education” we do get is often grossly slanted.
In these 101-overviews, I’ve tried to very briefly capsulize what I’ve learned. I urge all to further investigate on your own thru the links provided herein and beyond.