• Barry Turner
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A settled agricultural community by 6000 BC, the oasis of Jericho is possibly the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlement. Canaan—probably derived from ‘Land of Purple’, from the purple sea snail dye—described the Eastern Mediterranean coast and hinterland from the 3rd millennium BC. As part of the Fertile Crescent, it became an important caravan route between Egypt and Mesopotamia. ‘Canaanite’ has come to be associated with the Semitic group of languages and peoples of the pre-Classical Levant.


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Further Reading

  1. Kimmerling, B. and Migdal J. S., Palestinians: the Making of a People. Harvard Univ. Press, 1994.—The Palestinian People: A History. Harvard Univ. Press, 2003Google Scholar
  2. Stendel, O., The Arabs in Israel. Brighton, 1996Google Scholar
  3. Wasserstein, Bernard, Israel and Palestine: Why They Fight and Can They Stop. Profile Books, London, 2003Google Scholar
  4. Statistical office: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.Google Scholar

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