|Off-site Forum||[East Subforum]|
|Notable Historic Nations|| Catholic Europe|
United State of Israel
|[African Continent NS]|
The Middle East, Holy land of Islam, Judaism and Christianism, and the oldest place on Earth. The Middle East is the oldest region in the Nationstate World Regions community, having been founded by Paradise in 2002. The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and parts of Northern Africa. 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 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 ancient history, however, the term Near East is more commonly used. The Middle East is also the historical origin of major religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Middle East generally has an arid and hot climate, with several major rivers providing for irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas. Many countries located around the Persian Gulf have large quantities of crude oil.