Arab Middle East

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In general terms, the Middle East defines a geographical area, but does not have precise defined borders. According to Wikipedia (, modern definition of the region includes: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Egypt, with its Sinai Peninsula in Asia, is considered part of the Middle East, although most of the country lies geographically in North Africa. According to international media, North African nations without Asian links, such as Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, are increasingly being called North Africa.

For the countries that Re.ViCa regarded as Middle East - see Category:Middle East.

Arab Middle East

For the purposes of VISCED, it is more convenient to think of a somewhat stricter definition with more geographic and ethnic coherence - the Arab Middle East, consisting of

  1. Bahrain
  2. Iraq
  3. Jordan
  4. Kuwait
  5. Lebanon
  6. Oman
  7. Palestine
  8. Qatar
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Syria
  11. United Arab Emirates
  12. Yemen

In other words, Egypt, Iran, Israel and Turkey are not included - Egypt in particular being considered by VISCED as part of North Africa.

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