An Introduction to the Middle East
Outreach Program
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
What is the Middle East?
The Maghreb
Egypt
The Levant
Arabian
Peninsula
Iraq
Turkey and the
Turkic States
Iran and the Persianate
States
Population
Ethnic Affiliation
Arab
Turkish
Berber
Persian
Kurdish
Jewish
Religious Affiliation
Other
Indigenous
Hindu
Muslim
Christian
Jewish
Rural vs. Urban
Rural
Urban
Population Growth
1200
1000
800
600
Pop. (millions)
400
200
0
1950
2000
2050
Physical Geography
Average Temperature
Istanbul, Turkey
CAIRO, EGYPT
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0
C
E
D
V
O
N
C
T
P
O
SE
U
G
L
A
JU
Y
N
JU
A
M
PR
A
R
A
C
E
D
V
O
N
O
C
T
P
SE
A
U
G
L
JU
N
JU
Y
A
M
PR
A
M
A
R
B
FE
JA
N
0
B
20
High
M
40
Low
FE
60
N
80
JA
100
Avg Rainfall in Cairo, Egypt
0.2
0.18
0.16
0.14
0.12
0.1
Inches
0.08
0.06
0.04
0.02
0
JAN
MAR
MAY
JUL
SEP
NOV
Economic Activity
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An Introduction to the Middle East