What makes each of the regions in Asia Minor, the Middle East, distinct from the others?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Fundamentally, I would say that one of the major reasons why the Middle East region is different than all others in the world is because of its spiritual or religious significance.  The region is the birthplace to three of the world's most dominant religions.  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all owe the start of their narratives to the Holy Land, located in the Middle East.  If one contemplates the significance of this, it is quite staggering.  Billions of people all over the world, and even more since recorded time, owe their spiritual allegiance, in great part, to the areas of the Middle East.  It is for this reason that I would say that it is different from all other regions in the world.  Convergence of three major religions is what differentiates this region from all others.  Yet, it might be for this reason that there is so much turmoil in the region.  Any area that claims the spiritual heritage of three different religions in the world of such significance is bound to arouse deep seeded resentment and anger amongst people on religious grounds.  Since the belief in religion is usually a heartfelt conviction for which people have little problem waging war or open conflict, this becomes one of the reasons why the region is so turbulent, despite its powerful claim to transcendence.