Misunderstanding Stereotypes about the Middle East people

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The Arabs! Who are Muslims, backward and uncivilized, terrorists and monsters” might be the common responses Americans say about the Middle Eastern people in the recent years. Contrary to the belief that the Middle East is all about Arabs and Muslims, the Middle East includes non-Arab countries such as Iran, Israel, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoro Islands. Also, the Middle East includes non- Muslim counties such as Lebanon and Israel. The Christian religion itself representing 30 percent United Arab Emirates, 16 percent of Egypt’s population, and 10 percent of Syria’s population. The total population of Christians living in the Middle East is 18,960,000. That because there are in fact 18, 960,000 Christians living in the Middle East, the American’s perception that Middle Eastern people are only Muslim is not correct. I feel sorry for the Americans who think that the Arabs are backward and uncivilized, but if they spent an hour of their time reading about Arabs, they will find the exact opposite. The Arab-Islamic world was flourishing in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and in Spain. In the seventh century, Spain was the most advanced country in Europe under the Arab Muslim’s leadership. Most Arab countries have several universities. “al-Azhar University” in Egypt and “Zaytouna University” in Tunisia are two of the oldest universities in the world. Arabs have made major contribution to the world. For instance, Ibn Khaldoun was the founder of the social sciences, Ibn Haytham made major contributions in the field of optics, and recently in 1988, Naguib Mahfouz, a piece of Egyptian literature, has won the Nobel Prize in literature. Furthermore, Dubai has attracted the worldwide attention after the Emirates Airline was named the number one Airline of the Year in both 2001 and in 2002. Saudi Aramco, the oil company of Saudi Arabia, is the largest oil
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