The Middle East

In these pages I have taken a rather broad definition of "Middle East," concerned less with strict geographical boundaries and more with the culture of the countries. Thus, the four countries included here are Egypt, Iran, Jordan and Turkey. These countries have rich and varied histories that span several millennia. Today, however, they are culturally linked through Islam, the dominant religion in the region and in each of the countries included here.

The photos have been set up as a series of "slide shows." On the right is a slide show devoted to the people of the Middle East.

Below, several other shows pop up in a separate window.  These photos are previews of the photos presented on the various country pages and offer an overview of the history, mosques and landscapes of this fascinating region. To see all of the photos for a particular country, simply click on the appropriate link above.

[More photos in the Pop-Up Slide Shows below.]


More Photos From the Middle East:

Remnants of Ancient Cultures:  The Middle East has seen the rise and fall of many ancient cultures, from the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Nabataeans, the Byzantines and the Crusaders. All have left their mark in the structures they built, many of which can be seen today. Here's a brief and (almost) chronological tour. (30 Photos)  [Preview This Slide Show]

Mosques of the Middle East:  The grand mosques in Egypt, Iran and Turkey are magnificent architectural masterpieces. (30 Photos)  [Preview This Slide Show]

Landscapes of the Middle East:  A brief look at some of the spectacular landscapes of the Middle East. (15 Photos)  [Preview This Slide Show]