Ancient West Asian Civilization

Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East

Editors: Tsuneki, Akira, Yamada, Shigeo, Hisada, Ken-ichiro (Eds.)

  • Scrutinizes the interaction between environment and human society in ancient West Asia
  • Utilizes natural science and humanities, field work and documentary sources, toward the comprehensive understanding of West-Asian civilizations
  • Points out the commonness of Asia and European civilizations to overcome the global antagonism symbolized by the theory of "Clash of civilizations"
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This book explores aspects of the ancient civilization in West Asia, which has had a great impact on modern human society—agriculture, metallurgy, cities, writing, regional states, and monotheism, all of which appeared first in West Asia during the tenth to first millennia BC.The editors specifically use the term "West Asia" since the "Middle East" is seen as an Eurocentric term. By using this term, the book hopes to mitigate potential bias (i.e. historical and Western) by using a pure geographical term. However, the "West Asia" region is identical to that of the narrower "Middle East," which encompasses modern Iran and Turkey from east to west and Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula from north to south.This volume assembles research from different disciplines, such as the natural sciences, archaeology and philology/linguistics, in order to tackle the question of which circumstances and processes these significant cultural phenomena occurred in West Asia. Scrutinizing subjects such as the relations between climate, geology and human activities, the origins of wheat cultivation and animal domestication, the development of metallurgy, the birth of urbanization and writing, ancient religious traditions, as well as the treatment of cultural heritage, the book undertakes a comprehensive analysis of West Asian Civilization that provided the common background to cultures in various areas of the globe, including Europe and Asia.These contributions will attempt to demonstrate a fresh vision which emphasizes the common cultural origin between Europe and West Asia, standing in opposition to the global antagonism symbolized by the theory of "Clash of Civilizations."

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Aim of Study of Ancient West Asian Civilization

    Tsuneki, Akira

    Pages 1-11

  • Geology Based Culture?

    Hisada, Ken-ichiro

    Pages 15-38

  • A Brief Review of the Geology of West Asia

    Aghanabati, Seyed A.

    Pages 39-50

  • Paleoclimatic Changes and Human Cultural Evolution in West Asia

    Anma, Ryo (et al.)

    Pages 51-63

  • Earthquake Activity in West Asia: Seismicity in the Mediterranean Sea and Evaluation of the Strong Motion for the AD 365 Crete Earthquake Using the Stochastic Green’s Function

    Ohsumi, Tsuneo (et al.)

    Pages 65-83

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eBook $79.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-0553-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ancient West Asian Civilization
Book Subtitle
Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East
Editors
  • Akira Tsuneki
  • Shigeo Yamada
  • Ken-ichiro Hisada
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-0554-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-0554-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-0553-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 230
Number of Illustrations and Tables
51 b/w illustrations, 69 illustrations in colour
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