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On Zoroastrianism: The Sacred Fire, the Garment of Good Mind, and the Girdle of Righteousness

Originating from what is now northeastern Iran or southwestern Afghanistan, Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest religions. Ahura Mazda, or the Wise Lord, is the ultimate entity; members believe he is the eternal source of light in both the menog (world of thought) and the getig (world of bones).

Grand Mosque in Mosul, Iraq

American Policy in the Middle East

American policy in the Middle East through the Cold War (1947-1991) was largely motivated by the United States’ desire to check Soviet expansion and influence throughout the world. In the Middle East, this “meant preventing the Soviets from filling the void left by the end of Britain and France colonialism” (Beaver, Beaver and Wilsey, n.d.)....