Middle East Flags

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What insights about the cultural geography of the Middle can we glean by analyzing the flags of the region?

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  • Black=Determination, power and authority/Oil (Abaysid Dynasty) White=Virtue and Purity (Umayad Dynasty) Green=Islam Red=Blood spilled, Arab nationalism Crescent Moon and Star-Ottoman Empire 1911-conference
  • Black=Determination, power and authority/Oil (Abaysid Dynasty) White=Virtue and Purity (Umayad Dynasty) Green=Islam Red=Blood spilled, Arab nationalism Crescent Moon and Star-Ottoman Empire 1911-conference
  • Black=Determination, power and authority/Oil (Abaysid Dynasty) White=Virtue and Purity (Umayad Dynasty) Green=Islam Red=Blood spilled, Arab nationalism Crescent Moon and Star-Ottoman Empire 1911-conference
  • Crescent=Islam, Blue Lines=Tigris and Euphrates, Yellow strip=Kurdish minority.
  • Aluha Akbar was in Saddam’s handwriting in 1991---1)Stop Kuwaiti desecration of the flag. 2) get support from Clerics Stars were a symbol of the Sunnis.
  • composite of various elements representing different facets of Islamic life: Allah, the Book, the Sword, the five principles of Islam , balance, unity, neutrality, and the universal government of the downtrodden. "There is no god but God"
  • Middle East Flags

    1. 2. Lebanon Turkey Iraq Egypt Syria Kuwait Libya Bahrain Qatar TRNC Saudi Arabia Algeria Morocco Yemen Iran Tunisia Oman Jordan UAE Israel Afghanistan
    2. 3. Lebanon Turkey Iraq Egypt Syria Kuwait Libya Bahrain Qatar TRNC Saudi Arabia Algeria Morocco Yemen Iran Tunisia Oman Jordan UAE Israel Afghanistan Iraq
    3. 4. Iraq’s New Flag- 2004 <ul><li>“ The current flag is the only </li></ul><ul><li>one we have known all our lives… </li></ul><ul><li>it should not be changed yet, </li></ul><ul><li>until we have a free elected government and </li></ul><ul><li>parliament, and Iraq is free from foreign occupation.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ This flag represents all the coalition wants in the </li></ul><ul><li>country, unity. Maybe people will now see the </li></ul><ul><li>coalition is not at war with Islam but with people </li></ul><ul><li>against unity, democracy and peace.” </li></ul>
    4. 5. Saddam Huessein Era Flag 2008 New Flag (temporary) Proposed Flag-2004
    5. 6. Iran 1964-1979 1980-present

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