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Alluvial soil:
rich soil made up of sand and mud deposited by running water.
Arable:
Workable (farmable) soil
Bedouin:
members of the nomadic desert people of North Africa and Southwest Asia
Cuneiform:
First written language. Sumerian using wedge shaped symbols pressed into clay tablets.
Desalination:
Removal of salt from sea water so that is can be used for drinking and farming
Gaza Strip and West Bank:
the Palestinians independent states of their own in these areas.
Gross Domestic Product:
the value of goods and services created within a country in a year.
Hajj:
In Islam, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca
Monotheism:
belief in one God
Nile River Valley:
a fertile area of farmland around the Nile River
Oasis:
small area in the desert where water and vegetation are found

Qanat:

underground canal used in water systems of the ancient Persians

Sahara:
the largest desert in the world, covers most of North Africa
Wadi:
a stream bed in the desert that is dry except in heavy rains
Why did the Jews immigrate back toIsrael in the late 1940’s?
To avoid persecution after WWII and the holocaust
What are the five pillars of Islam?
professing faith in God andthe prophet Muhammad, praying five times a day, helping the poor and needy,fasting during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and making a pilgrimageto Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. i