Fertile Crescent

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Fer·tile Crescent

A region of the Middle East extending from the Levant across the northern part of the Syrian Desert to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Climatic and ecological conditions in the Fertile Crescent favored the Neolithic development of agriculture, eventually giving rise to such civilizations as Sumer, Egypt, Babylonia, and Phoenicia.
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Fertile Crescent

(Placename) an area of fertile land in the Middle East, extending around the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates in a semicircle from Israel to the Persian Gulf, where the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Phoenician, and Hebrew civilizations flourished
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Fer′tile Cres′cent

a crescent-shaped agricultural region of the ancient Near East beginning at the Mediterranean Sea and extending between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to the Persian Gulf.
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Fertile crescent

An area bordering the Mediterranean and including the Nile valley where western civilization and its derivations began. It was farmed with settled communities from c. 8000 BC.
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Noun1.Fertile crescent - a geographical area of fertile land in the Middle East stretching in a broad semicircle from the Nile to the Tigris and EuphratesFertile Crescent - a geographical area of fertile land in the Middle East stretching in a broad semicircle from the Nile to the Tigris and Euphrates
Middle East, Mideast, Near East - the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century; "the Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization"
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While the Muslim army fought on land and rapidly conquered the Fertile Crescent and North Africa, he says, the Muslim navy operated in the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf.
According to the paper, agriculture spread through migrants from the Fertile Crescent into Europe around 9,000 BCE, reaching north-western Europe by 4,000 BC.
Judaism had its beginning when the Patriarch Abraham with Sara, his wife, left Ur of the Chaldees in what is now Iraq and traveled along the Fertile Crescent with his relatives and herds of livestock into the land of Palestine, a distance of approximately 700 miles.
It's nothing new, indeed I think the modern-era was born when some Fertile Crescent farmer's wife took one look at his newly-purchased designer goatskin drinking horn cover with matching loincloth and sighed: "Whatd'ye need that for?" He must have felt exactly like the bloke who's come back from a sportsman's dinner auction - PS200 the lighter - with a signed print of a full back who's name he can't remember, who was on the bench for the runners-up (Watford I believe) in the 1984 FA cup final.
In its attempts to bury any peace deals with the Palestinians, Israel too looks as if it is willing to go to war against Iran, at least with the objective of securing its own sector of influence in the future map of Syria and the Fertile Crescent. Indeed, southern Syria is the only part not yet reserved for any major power in the de-facto partition of the war-torn country.
"Without the clash of civilizations in the Fertile Crescent area, we would not witness today the great civilizations existing there," he added; demonstrating the contrast between these civilizations and the Egyptian civilization.
He had thousands of these folders stacked neatly in a windowless office, a precious herbarium, containing seeds foraged from across the hot, arid and increasingly inhospitable region known as the Fertile Crescent, the birthplace of farming.
He is currently managing director of Iraqi oil consultants Petrolog & Associates and chairman of Baghdad-based Fertile Crescent Oil Co., a privately owned Iraqi oil firm.
This created variable dust activity leading to droughts devastating the greater Fertile Crescent. With protracted drought, rural Syrian farmers were forced to migrate to urban centers, only to be confronted with higher food prices.
Moving the Garden of Eden from the Fertile Crescent to the South Seas, Martinez strikes down the pervasive view of Atlantis as the source of ancient knowledge and exposes the original unity of mankind on the ancient Pacific continent of Pan.