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The Middle East has a territorial extension of 6.8 million square kilometers, is located in West Asia and is formed by the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan , Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Turkey.

Its population is approximately 260 million residents. The ethnic and cultural diversity among the residents of the Middle East is enormous, a factor responsible for the conflicts in that region. One of the diverse elements is religion, with different beliefs and disputes over territories considered sacred.

The three main monotheistic religions, that is, belief in the existence of a single God, emerged in the Middle East: Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

The religion with the largest number of followers is Islam (90% of the population). It is a monotheistic religion, based on the teachings of Mohammed, or Muhammad, called by Westerners Muhammad. After Muhammad's death, the Islamic religion suffered ramifications, dividing into several strands with different characteristics. The segments of Islam that have the greatest number of adherents are that of the Sunnis (majority) and that of the Shiites. Contrary to what many people think, Islam is not only divided into Sunnis and Shiites, there are several other smaller groups, among them are Druze and Alawites.

The second largest religion in numbers of followers in the Middle East is Christianity. The region is home to around 12 million Christians, many from Arab churches, such as Coptic or Maronite, which are among the oldest in Christianity. The countries with the largest number of Christians are Syria and Lebanon.

In addition, more than 6.5 million Jews live in the Middle East, almost all of them in Israel. The territory that currently corresponds to Palestine was already inhabited by Jews about four thousand years ago, however, they were expelled during the Roman Empire. Jews returned to the Middle East through migratory flows, which were strengthened by the construction of the State of Israel in 1948. This fact is one of the main factors responsible for the constant conflicts between Jews and Palestinians, as Israel is annexing territories inhabited by Palestinians.

The city of Jerusalem is disputed by the three major religions. It is a sacred place for Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Check out the symbolic importance of Jerusalem for these religions:

- Islam: Domo da Rocha, in Jerusalem, is the third most important place in Islam, from where Muhammad ascended to heaven.
- Christianity: Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem, marks the traditional site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Judaism: For Jews, the Wailing Wall, part of the Second Temple, located in the city of Jerusalem, is the most sacred place of all.
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Maps of Middle East
Middle East
View a collection of maps including Aleppo, Damascus, Hebron, Jerusalem, Mt. Carmel and Sinai, [Palestine] Palaestina, Persian Empire, Red Sea, Petra and Suez Bay. - Maps of Middle East
Browse a collection of political, reference and shaded relief maps of the Middle East region. Check out the maps of Palestinian refugee camps, Strait of Hormuz and Tiran. Maps - Middle East
Offers a listing of the countries of the Middle East. Click through for a detailed map with zoom, print and email features.

Map of the Middle East - World Sites Atlas
Four-toned, color interactivel map of the Middle East highlights countries and major cities, like Abu Dhabi and Kuwait City.

Middle East - ABC Maps
Features a collection of four color-coded maps of the Middle East, highlighting countries and cities.

Middle East - BBC News
Broadcasting network offers an interactive map. Includes details about Israel's peace process and the stances of neighboring countries.

Middle East - CIA Atlas of the Middle East
University of Texas' Perry Castaneda Library presents a collection of maps from the Central Intelligence Agency categorized by country.

Middle East - International E-mail Accessibility
Map includes email suffixes and resources for the Arab Middle East, Turkey, Iran and parts of Central Asia.

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Look at this larger-view map of the Middle East countries in comparison to the rest of Asia.

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View and purchase maps of the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea or the Strait of Hormuz. Also find maps of the countries and cities of the area.

Middle East - National Geographic Map Machine
Access a topographical map of the entire Middle East region and peruse zooming and printing features.

Middle East - Perry-Casta eda Library Map Collection
Browse historical maps from the University of Texas. See Mt. Carmel, circa 1912, and the Red Sea and its environs in 1860.

Middle East - Robert Putman Antiquarian Books and Maps
Buys maps of the Middle East and of individual countries such as Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Middle East - Map
Provides a color-shaded outline map of the Middle East. Locate countries and click through to find a brief almanac.

Middle East - University of Chicago Oriental Institute
Interactive map leads viewers to archived photographs of the area. Copies of the Egypt and Sudan photos are available for purchase.

Middle East - University of Texas Library
Sift through these maps of the Middle East. Includes political and historical documents from the Central Intelligence Agency.

Middle East - VirtualTourist
User-friendly, high-end graphic map of the Middle East clearly shows the borders of each country. Also, travel and entertainment details.

Middle East Map - EDI-TIE
Contains a clear, medium-sized color map of the Middle with country borders and names. Useful for printing out and school projects.

MSN Encarta Maps - Middle East
Check out this large, solid color map of the Middle East and click on any country to obtain more information and a detailed map.
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