During the past decade we have witnessed the collapse of Arab socialism and nationalism, which were the domnant forces in the Middle East apart from the traditional monarchies of the Arabian peninsula. A highly fundamentalist type of Islam has rushed in to fill the void. Although it has a dedicated following and purports to be a return to the ancient roots of the faith, one could argue that this radicalized version of Islam is more of a modern creation.
In this episode of Italian Tomatoes on Blog Talk Radio, we take a look at the distant past of the Middle East, starting with the late Roman empire, and ponder whether ancient patterns of belief and behavior are resurfacing now in new forms. It is an endlessly fascinating subject!
In addition to the Middle East, we also discuss other current events in our always lively after-show!
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