chapter  1
Introductory
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After many years of debate, acrid at times, and although the area itself has risen to a position of major world significance, the term ‘ Middle East ’ still cannot command universal acceptance in a single strict sense - even counting in ‘ Mideast ’ as a mere abridgement. Perhaps the most that a geographer can say, taking refuge in semantics, is that it can be regarded as a ‘ conventional’ regional term of general convenience, like Central Europe or the American Middle West, with many definitions in more detail feasible and logically possible.1