The Hammond Atlas of the Middle East provides a clear perspective and basis for understanding this vitally important area of the world. It's the ideal tool to learn about the Middle East and follow events as they unfold daily. Inside this atlas, you will find: # Political and physical maps of the region (including Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa) # An up-to-the-minute World Political Map with a complete list of United Nations members # Comprehensive economic maps of the area depicting agriculture, industry, and resources # Thematic maps highlighting petroleum and natural gas, population, languages, religion and climate # Informative historical maps # Detailed up-to-date chronology of the Middle East from 1900 through the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. # A handy locator index. Today, more than ever, we need to understand the complex geographic, historical, cultural and economic foundations of the 23 countries that comprise the Greater Middle East. The Hammond Atlas of the Middle East provides the ideal tool for exploring this important region.