Middle Eastern & North African Affairs Committee

The Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Committee is devoted to issues involving the world's most historic region, the birthplace of Abraham, Akhenaton, Moses, Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad and Zoroaster. It is the site of the construction of the pyramids, the ziggurats, Solomon's Temple, the Hagia Sofia and the Aswan Dam. Its ground has trembled under armies led by Ramses, Xerxes and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, Attila the Hun, Saladin and Richard the Lionheart, and Lawrence of Arabia and the Desert Fox. Its leaders have included kings and caliphs, dictators and democrats, sultans and shahs, and Arafat, Ataturk, Ayatollahs and Golda Meir. It has given us great art and literature, writing, our numbers and Bibles. For over 3,000 years it has been a source of culture, conflict and controversy and is now its own Committee.