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Old 11-16-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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Alright I guess this is kind of a strange thread. But for the life of me I've never been able to see asia as a coherent region. It seems to be divided into the pacific, indian, and middle eastern regions, quite strongly.

So I have to ask to you think in the future asia will be see as a coherent region like europe, or will we drop the concept of asia.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Yes Asia is more just a geographical region than any coherent cultural region or bloc. For me, the Middle East isn't really part of cultural Asia, but South Asia and the Far East DO share some similarities. I would say a similar spiritual origin: Hinduism and it's offshoot Buddhism and a staple of rice.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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Yes Asia is more just a geographical region than any coherent cultural region or bloc. For me, the Middle East isn't really part of cultural Asia, but South Asia and the Far East DO share some similarities. I would say a similar spiritual origin: Hinduism and it's offshoot Buddhism and a staple of rice.
Yeah I find it interesting how certain cultures like the turkics span all the way to china. Islam to indonesia, Buddhism from india to east asia(although this is more comparable of Christianity from israel to europe.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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Yeah I find it interesting how certain cultures like the turkics span all the way to china. Islam to indonesia, Buddhism from india to east asia(although this is more comparable of Christianity from israel to europe.
It's also interesting to note that the 'spiritual cradle' of the majority of mankind is confined to within a fairly small geographical region, from the Levant to Nepal, basically taking in the countries of Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India and by proxy nearby Saudi Arabia. In these nations did the great faiths both develop, or were influenced by other faiths like Zooroastrianism. From Judaism in Israel, to the Vedic-derived beliefs of the Indo-Aryans, and Gautama's Buddhism in present-day Nepal, part of the Gangetic plain.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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Asia is too big and diverse to be one coherent region and there are countless ways to try to divvy it up. There are a lot of cultural overlaps throughout the entire Eurasian continent (and more once you include North and East Africa which have had long been historically and culturally a part of the greater Old World civilizations) where regions next to each other share an obviously larger number of influences and practices than those further away.

It's hard to say where the dividing lines in most of this--even the border between Europe and Asia isn't so simple as there is the Caucasus which show influences of all sorts, the Middle East which most think of as Muslim but has had very large Christian minorities, at times pluralities or majorities, Turkey which is transcontinental and has been a player in European politics in some form for a good long while, peoples like the Bosniaks who may be Muslim but aren't all that different from their neighbors.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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Asia is too big and diverse to be one coherent region and there are countless ways to try to divvy it up. There are a lot of cultural overlaps throughout the entire Eurasian continent (and more once you include North and East Africa which have had long been historically and culturally a part of the greater Old World civilizations) where regions next to each other share an obviously larger number of influences and practices than those further away.

It's hard to say where the dividing lines in most of this--even the border between Europe and Asia isn't so simple as there is the Caucasus which show influences of all sorts, the Middle East which most think of as Muslim but has had very large Christian minorities, at times pluralities or majorities, Turkey which is transcontinental and has been a player in European politics in some form for a good long while, peoples like the Bosniaks who may be Muslim but aren't all that different from their neighbors.
Indeed Islam has had a long history in Europe, and Christianity in the Middle East.

2/3rds of the world's population are Asians, after all.
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