Political Landscapes along the Central Euphrates River, Then and Now

Posted in: Ancient Near East Today, ASOR
Tags: Adam E. Miglio, ASOR, Current News, history, iraq, ISIS, Political Landscapes along the Central Euphrates River, Syria, Then and Now, Wheaton College

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By: Adam Miglio

Headlines across media outlets of all types remind us of the troubling events in Syria and Iraq. Yet when reading the stories behind the headlines, it quickly becomes apparent that modern geo-political boundaries are of secondary significance to understanding these current events. A New York Times interactive map, for example, presents the areas under ISIS control, visually representing the complex geographical, social, and political realities ‘on the ground.’

What is clear from this graphic, and others like it, is that the events in the region are not constrained by the modern boundaries drawn up by European nation-states nearly a

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