National Geographic produced several Middle East maps, the first one coming out in 1938. This region has long been referred to as the Cradle of Western Civilization. You will find these maps rich in information on the history and people of this Land.
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This section covers six Middle East maps from the early 1900s till 1969. These maps cover a lot of the early history of the region.
1. Bible Lands and the Cradle of Western Civilization - December 1938 (34.5"x24.5") The main map here contains historical facts and information about archaeological finds. There are also multiple inset maps detailing different historical periods.
2. Bible Lands and the Cradle of Western Civilization - December 1946 (32"x22") This informative map has an abundance of details on the history of the region. It has inset maps of Jerusalem, the Holy Land in biblical times and the region as it existed in 1946.
3. Lands of the Bible Today - December 1956 (41"x29") This map is a great collector's item with lots of historical information. It reveals the locations of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
4. Lands of the Eastern Mediterranean - January 1959 (25"x19") This map has detailed inset maps of Lebanon, Israel and the Suez Canal. It also has a map of Jerusalem and the surrounding area with religious sites noted.
5. Holy Land Today - December 1963 (25"x19") This map has an abundance of historical notes. Included is an inset map of the Crusade Routes in the Middle East. It also has a Walled City of Jerusalem map revealing the Fourteen Stations marking the Way of the Cross from Pilates Hall to Calvary.
6. Lands of the Bible Today - December 1967 (41"x29") This map has a lot of historical information as well as details of significant events of the time. It shows the territory occupied by Israel in June, 1967 during the Six Day War.
This section covers eight Middle East maps from 1970 to 1989. These maps deal more with the social and economic issues of the peoples of the region.
1. Peoples of the Middle East - July 1972 (35.5"x22.5")
Side A: This Middle East map contains a wealth of information on the diverse population of the region. It has a beautiful relief map with illustrations and details about the history, religions, languages, trades and lifestyles of the Peoples of the Middle East.
2. A Cultural Map of the Middle East - July 1972 (35.5"x22.5")
Side B: This map has over a dozen smaller maps detailing historical periods, religious sites, land use and ethnic groups. It has a wealth of information on the inhabitants of the region including their work, religions, languages, the role of woman, politics and more.
3. Middle East - September 1978 (37"x23")
Side A: This political map has an inset map of the Eastern Mediterranean showing areas occupied by Israel for the last decade after its occupation of the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.
4. Early Civilizations in the Middle East - September 1978 (37"x23")
Side B: This beautiful map features illustrations of artifacts and an overview of the history of the region and the civilizations who called it home.
5. Mideast in Turmoil - September 1980 (20.5"x14")
Side A: This map summarizes the social and economic turmoil in the Middle East at this time. It includes the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the War in Ethiopia and the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
6. Two Centuries of Conflict in the Middle East - September 1980 (20.5"x14")
Side B: This has a large physical map showing the percentage of Muslims amongst the various ethnicities of the region. It also has four maps highlighting the historical conflicts of the region.
7. Special Places of the World: Holy Land - December 1989 (31"x20") Side A: This map has lots of historical, religious and geographical facts from the Stone and Bronze Ages (CA 500,000 to 1200 BC) to the Islamic Period (AD 640 to 1971).
8. Special Places of the World: Holy Land - December 1989 (31"x21") Side B: This map has lots of details of the history of this land inhabited by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Has a great illustration of Jerusalem with historical sites noted.
This section covers six Middle East maps from 1990 to the present time. Some of these maps cover a bit of the history of the region. Most of the maps, however, cover issues dealing with modern times.
1. Middle East - February 1991 (24.5"x20")
Side A: This was published during the Gulf War. It has a variety of geographical features, extensive transportation details and sites of ruins and oil fields.
2. Middle East: States in Turmoil - February 1991 (24.5"x20")
Side B: This is a fantastic relief map highlighting each country's military facilities, population, troops, oil reserves, Gross National Product and more.
3. Jerusalem Map - April 1996 (20"x15.5")
Side A: A great map of Jerusalem showing a brief history of the city, a historical timeline, maps of various periods and a modern look at the city.
4. Jerusalem: The Old City - April 1996 (20"x15.5")
Side B: This map features many of the city's historical sites. It has notes describing the most significant sacred sites and shows the Christian, Armenian, Muslim and Jewish Quarters through distinctive colors.
5. Middle East: Crossroads of Faith and Conflict - October 2002 (31"x20")
Side A: Beautiful physical map of the area with notes on the conflicts, religions and areas of oil and water around the region. It has sixteen insets showing the population, religion, GPD per Capita, crude oil reserves and troops of countries in the region.
6. Heart of the Middle East - October 2002 (31"x20")
Side B: This is a political map of the area with several descriptive notes. It also contains a table of geographic equivalents.