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Turkey
borders Europe by a city named Istanbul, surrounding waters include the Black Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea
Jordan
capital is Amman, borders Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iraq
Syria
Damascus as capital, borders Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey
Saudi Arabia
oil-rich country in the Middle East; borders Jordan, Oman, Yemen, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Iraq, a member of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries)
Iran
another OPEC member, close to other Asian countries like India or Pakistan
Tehran
capital of Iran
Lebanon
Beirut is the capital, located to the north of Israel and to the south of Turkey
Black Sea
a big lake that borders Europe and Turkey
Persian Gulf
is called this because it borders Persia (present day Iran)
Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
rivers in Iraq that have their mouths at the Persian Gulf, supposedly having the Garden of Eden there (don't ask if you don't know)
Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait
countries with tons of oil, and only some are in OPEC, all are near or border Saudi Arabia

Secular

nonreligious

OPEC

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Monotheism

belief in one god

Oasis

a place in a desert that is fed by underground water

Hajj

an Islamic journey to the city of Mecca to complete religious rituals

Embargo

simply: a trade restriction

Hindu Kush Mountains

Afghanistan mountain range

Rub al' Khali Desert (Empty Quarter)

Saudi Arabian desert in the southern part of the country

Yemen and Oman

southern side of the Arabian peninsula

Israel

small country bordering Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, important for Christians, Muslims, and Jews

Jerusalem

Israel's capital

Iraq

a neighbor to Iran, contains the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers

Baghdad

Iraq's capital

Afghanistan

fairly poor country nearer to the rest of Asia

Kabul

Afghanistan's capital

Dead Sea

lowest point on Earth, in Israel

Red Sea

narrowish sea bordering the western coast of the Arabian peninsula