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    Default Near East vs Middle East

    i know it's more of a geography question, but it seems to fit best here. what is the difference between the two regions? they are used almost synonymously nowadays.
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    Default Re: Near East vs Middle East

    Quote Originally Posted by nokhor
    i know it's more of a geography question, but it seems to fit best here. what is the difference between the two regions? they are used almost synonymously nowadays.
    No difference at all. Both are exactly synonymous and the same. 'Near East' is just the older used one.

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    Urwendur Ūrībźl Senior Member Mouzafphaerre's Avatar
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    Default Re: Near East vs Middle East

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    Semantics. I don't care much about labels, what I'm interested in are the meanings.

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    well , i think that near east is a geographical term meaning the lands from europe to persia and middle east is a political term meaning all the arab and islamic states from mauritania to egypt to afghanistan including israel (no arab no islamic)
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    Mauritania is a muslim country? I didn't know that.

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    Default Re: Near East vs Middle East

    Maybe I am wrong but the far as I know the Europeans used to call

    1. Arabia Persia ... the Near East
    2. Indian Peninsula ... the Middle East
    3. China, Japan, Thai... the Far East.

    I guess the Americans used to call Arabia the Middle East, what is correct from their point of view. (What then is the Near East? Europe??)

    In the last decade the Europeans tend to call Arabia the Middle East ... as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiser of Arabia
    Mauritania is a muslim country? I didn't know that.
    an islamic and an arabic state (even a member in the arab league)
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