Interactive Map of Middle East History & Warfare

Main20p1_1With the end of the Cold War and 9/11, the threat of rising from the sands of the Middle East has been the flash point of what Harvard's Samuel Huntington has termed the "Clash of Civilizations" between Islam and the West. The term "Middle East" was originally coined by American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan in 1902. During this time the British and Russian Empires were vying for influence in Central Asia, a rivalry with the Persian Gulf as the strategic center of what would become known as The Great Game, which continues, tragically, to this day under a different banner.

The interactive Map of War below vividly illustrates the great march of imperial history and warfare in the region from ancient times from Egyptians, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Persians, Turks to the Europeans.

Interactive Middle East Map of War

The Islamic Adhan -The Emerging Icon of the 21st Century

No sound or image so captures the spirit of what Samuel Huntington of Harvard calls "The Clash of Civilizations" between Islam and the West as the adhan, the haunting daily call to prayer heard thoughout the Islamic captials of the world. The Daily Galaxy editorial staff views the adhan as the emerging icon of the 21st Century.

Mosqueslg_1    Adhan is called out by the muezzin from a minaret of a mosque five times a day summoning Muslims for fard (mandatory) salah (prayers). There is a second call known as iqama that summons the faithful to line up for the beginning of the prayers.

Click on this Google Video link and listen to the call to prayer from Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.