Middle East, Mideast, Near East(noun)
the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century
"the Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization"
The region comprising southwest Asia and northeast Africa.
The Middle East is a region that roughly encompasses Western Asia. The term is considered to be Eurocentric and used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East. The corresponding adjective is Middle-Eastern and the derived noun is Middle-Easterner. The largest ethnic group in the middle east are Arabs, with Turks, Turkomans, Persians, Kurds, Azeris, Copts, Jews, Maronites, Assyro-Chaldeans, Circassians, Armenians, Druze and numerous other ethnic groups forming other significant populations. The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and throughout its history, the Middle East has been a major center of world affairs. When discussing its ancient history, however, the term Near East is more commonly used. The Middle East is also the historical origin of major religions including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the less common Baha'i faith, Mandaeism, Druze faith and others. The Middle East generally has an arid and hot climate, with several major rivers providing for irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas, especially in Mesopotamia and the rest of the Fertile Crescent. Many countries located around the Persian Gulf have large quantities of crude oil, which has resulted in much wealth particularly for nations in the Arabian peninsula. In modern times the Middle East remains a strategically, economically, politically, culturally and religiously sensitive region.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The countries of southwest Asia and northeastern Africa usually considered as extending from Libya on the west to Afghanistan on the east. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988)
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The numerical value of Middle East in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Middle East in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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The whole Middle East is in terrible shape.
The Middle East is on fire ... God help us all.
If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.
Everybody that's touched the Middle East, they've gotten bogged down.
For Hong Kong, our priority markets will be Asia and the Middle East.
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- الشرق الأوسطArabic
- střední východCzech
- mellem ØstenDanish
- Mittlerer OstenGerman
- μέση ΑνατολήGreek
- medio EsteSpanish
- मध्य पूर्वHindi
- timur tengahIndonesian
- medio OrienteItalian
- המזרח התיכוןHebrew
- Medio OrienteLatin
- Bliski WschódPolish
- Médio OrientePortuguese
- Orientul MijlociuRomanian
- средний ВостокRussian
- மத்திய கிழக்குTamil
- Orta DoğuTurkish
- середній східUkrainian
- مشرق وسطیUrdu
- Trung đôngVietnamese
- מיטל מזרחYiddish
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