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name Syria comes from the Greek name of the Assyrian people, who still exist in
small numbers in Syria and other countries. The name of the Assyrian's land
was Assyria, which historically made up parts of modern day Iraq, Syria, and nearby
countries; the name was adopted by modern day Syria.
WARNING: Syria is currently in
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The land of Syria is quite fertile and over time a great number of people have passed
through the region, leading to a country that has been exposed to numerous cultures
and people. Today many aspects of this history are still present in Syria's
culture and way of life as the country is fairly diverse and the people tend to
live off the land. However, one aspect that arrived and remained is the influence
of Islam, which the country has been a center of for centuries.
The people of Syria tended to settle along rivers and other fertile regions as much
of the economy was based on agriculture in the past and even today many people make
a living on farming. While the economy is much more diversified today, farming and
agriculture still form an important part of the economy and culture.
While the lands and foods form a strong core for the people and their culture, the
introduction of Islam has made a greater impact on the culture and people; today
most aspects of daily life is rooted in the people's Muslim faith. This religion
dictates many aspects of daily life as it restricts what can be eaten, dictates
how to dress, and how to behave, most particularly in regards to relationships between
men and women. However, how these laws are interpreted widely varies from individual
to individual so great diversity exists in the country.
Sadly, another part of the daily life in Syria revolves around conflicts with neighboring
Israel and the Jews, partially rooted in extreme views not shared by the majority.
However, for many people living in Syria this conflict is very personal since many
were residents of the Israeli lands prior to the formation of that country, leading
to arguments and bitterness. However, views are not uniform across the people as
opinions vary greatly, leading to internal arguments and, in 2012, violence in the
form of civil war. Life in Syria today is uncertain as the people regularly live
under threats and hostilities.
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