Middle Eastern Countries
Middle Eastern countries are situated between the continent of Africa, Asia, and Europe. There are twenty countries that take claim to this region. Mostly known for its war and conflicts, the Middle East has a rich and ancient history.
- Turkey. Turkey is one of the most ancient of the countries in the Middle East. Its history hosts loads of stories from Troy and the Trojan War to Alexander the Great. In more recent history, Turkey has had its issues with various leaders attempting to overthrow them. As well as intermittent military coups, however, each rising of power has been overthrown by the proud and strong people of Turkey and power is always restored back to them. Today, its a Middle Eastern country with balance and on a mission to join the European Union.
- United Arab Emirates. Formerly called "Trucial States," this Middle Eastern country consists of seven different states governed by the Emirs. The United Arab Emirates play a crucial role in economic power in the Middle East. Its main Gross Domestic Product is oil and holds a lot of power and influence over other Middle Eastern countries. Abu Dhabi is the capital of this country and is known for its majestic and modern buildings and hotels along with Dubai.
- Saudi Arabia. This Middle Eastern country was founded by Abd al-Aziz who overturned Riyadh and began the process of building his own empire in the turn of the twentieth century. His sons and grandsons have ruled the kingdom since. In fact, it is an irrevocable law of the land stating that the throne will always be at the hands of any of Abd al-Aziz's lineage. Saudi Arabia is also home to Mecca and Medina; two holy cities that are crucial to the Muslim religion.
- Iran. Because of this Middle Eastern country's constant newsworthy events, it is any wonder that Iran is full of incredible history. Formerly known as Persia until 1935. Iran became an Islamic nation in 1979 once the shah who was ruling it, was overthrown and sent into exile. After that, there was a group of students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran which led to an eight year war. Iran is a country still under turmoil and growing international pressure for reform.
- Afghanistan. A Middle Eastern country without an identity. It has been conquered by Persians, Arabs, Mongols, Greeks, Tartars and the British. Afghanistans past is almost as tumultuous as its present. In most recent history, it was involved in a brutal war with Russia in the 1980's. Once Russian withdrew, it left a tattered country with civil unrest that essentially resulted in the Taliban.
Posted on: Apr. 08, 2011