West Asia is a region of old civilizations, beautiful desert landscapes, warm seas and interesting cities where tradition mixes with modern influences. West Asia is also a region where Zionist terrorists constantly attack members of the ‘religion of peace’ and vice versa. I have very fond memories of the monuments of Iran and the adventurous Lebanon and the Iraqi Kurdistan. For me; the occupied Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem and Petra in Jordan are simply unforgettable. The region dominated by Muslims is very interesting, although some countries that I visited gave me an adventure with a thrill.
The division of West Asia
According to me the region of West Asia has very clear boundaries. In the west it starts with Bosphorus, the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea and in the south it surrounds the whole of Arabian Peninsula. In the north West Asia starts with the southern border of the Black Sea, Caucasus mountains and the border with Russia, the southern border of the Caspian Sea and the border with Turkmenistan. The eastern border of West Asia is the border of Iran with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
West Asia covers an area of more than 6,2mln km2 and its total population is about 300 million.
There are different divisions of regions but my own I treat as the only right one, and that’s why to West Asia I include the following countries and territories:
- Israel (partially recognized, within Palestine)
- Palestine (partially recognized, within Israel)
- Iraq (also the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan)
- Iran (Persia)
- Cyprus (the whole island, divided into Greek and Turkish parts)
- Sinai (Asian part of Egypt)
Arabian Peninsula (Arabian Peninsula)
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- Turkey (except 3% of the territory west of the Bosphorus)
I presume that because of wrong definitions in the public media some countries which I have classified into West Asia may be surprising to some. For example, according to me Afghanistan is definitely a part of Central Asia although from my experience I know that this country is sometimes included in three different regions of Asia, depending on the “geographer”. Egypt is in North Africa but the Sinai Peninsula is located on the eastern side of the Suez Canal which lies in Asia. To West Asia I also include the island of Cyprus what might be conflicting politically but it is certainly correct geographically. Cyprus lies far to the east of Bosphorus although to be more exact almost 800km to Crete and only 250km from Lebanon. On the other hand I understand that Cyprus is culturally European and that it is terrorized and partly occupied by Turkey.
Turkey on the other hand can be under no circumstances considered a part of Europe! Only 3% of the Turkish territory from Bosphorus to the west is in Europe while the remaining 97% is in Asia. Moreover, Turks are Muslims who between the VI and the XI century moved to Asia Minor but in truth they are the people of Central Asia who derived from behind the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea, from the area of today’s Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The only thing that Muslim Turks have in common with Europe is a thousand-year old war, rape and ongoing assaults. Israel is also located in Western Asia, even though some Zionist controlled left-wing politicians try to forcibly move that country to Europe. The last issue is with the the Caucasus countries which according to certain sources “lie on the border between Europe and Asia” but if we look at the range of Caucasus mountains separating Europe from Asia and the distance of the Caucasus of Bosphorus, it is clear that Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are also in West Asia.
From a tourist point of view West Asia is a region where one can see the rich art and architecture left after Persian ancestors although there are also attractive beaches, warm seas and good food. In West Asia we can admire the beauty of a desert whilst roaming on a camel, we can walk in the mountains and float on the Dead Sea or we can dive in the Red Sea or the Mediterranean. The possibilities are many but to West Asia I advise to go during the European winter which would be still hot for us but it would be at least bearable. The most interesting cities of West Asia are Dubai, Istanbul (former Constantinople), Doha, Muscat, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Jordan and Israel alone have a lot historical sites, including two wonders of the world such as Petra and the Old City of Jerusalem.
It is also worth mentioning that Christianity was founded in West Asia what means that to this day there are a lot of holy places to us Christians. Apart from that the very attractive but also very underestimated is ancient Persia (today’s Iran) and its old cities of Shiraz, Yazd, Esfahan and the ruins of ancient Persepolis. In West Asia another great adventure worth getting to know is the local culture, with all the cabarets and “fireworks” associated with it. Besides, I recommend the entire Central Asian region for shopping; and the specialty of the region are almost original but very good perfumes, beautiful carpets, nice materials and rich crafts.
(I recommend my articles about specific countries, where there is more information. The main purpose of this article is the location of the region and its division).