So you are some kind of religious fanatic, or so it would appear with that rediculous assertion that "the understanding of religion really begins" in the middle east. I suggest to you that you believe claptrap like that because you're a product of Judeo-christian brainwashing.
religion comes from the middle East
at least as far as judeism , christianity and the muslim
the BC history back to Iraq , 5000 to 6000 yrs ago
Sumer to Egyptian history is imporant to understand and to made more widely known
amoungst us all , on this planet