In the West, the Middle East is often regarded as a homogenous region wholly determined by religion and tradition. The reality however, is that the Middle East region is home to a diverse set of cultures and identities. In order to evaluate social diversity in the Middle East, answer the following questions, in one short paragraph (maximum) per question:
What were the dominant social groups in your Middle East country prior to the spread of Islam?
What are some of the most widespread misconceptions about Islam today?
Which Western countries colonized your Middle East country and how did their colonization shape the development of different social forms in different spheres of influence?
What were some of the different paths to national self-determination experienced by groups in your chosen Middle East country?