Middle East: meaning, ethnicities geographic area in Asia

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A definition of the Middle East, the states that make up this geographical region of Asia and the distinct ethnic groups speaking as many as 7 different languages.

Meaning of the Middle East

Most Western definitions of the Middle East consider this geographic region as the set of nations situated in Southwest Asia, including the coastal states of the Mediterranean Sea, including Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

They are part of this area also Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Yemen. The nations of North Africa, who have no connections in Asia, such as Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco, are increasingly defined as North African.

Ethnic groups in the Middle East

In the Western world, the Middle East is generally thought of as a community predominantly Arab-Islamic often characterized by wars and upheavals of various kinds.

Yet this area includes several distinct ethnic and cultural groups who speak seven different languages. The towns are very varied, some more vivid than others.

The religion practiced by the people of this part of the world is Muslim.