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Near East


1 Near East

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.

synonyms: Middle East, Mideast.

Dutch: Midden-Oosten, Nabije Oosten
Polish: Bliski Wschód, Lewant

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