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what first comes to your mind when you think about middle east?

what first comes to your mind when you think about middle east?

gratefulphish420

Oil


Hohuin

I imagine the dudes in white dresses and that fabric on their heads and them being in a desert. I chose culture for that


heartless-tramp

It's not a white dress it's called kandura and the headpiece is ghutra and in arabic the kandura is called دشداشة


Hohuin

Ay, thanks for the info! Kandura and ghutra. I always imagined it being part of a good cooling system in dry heat. Does it represent anything else aside from that?


heartless-tramp

I don't know if it represents anything else. It's just tradition.


themajod

it is kinda since you don't wear like boxers underneath it or anything so it allows a breeze to hit your nutsack gently. also it represents male modesty and humility as well.


ViperSA124

what? do you not wear a sirwal under it


themajod

no, we wear wizar.


ViperSA124

what's that


themajod

https://images.app.goo.gl/nxiEce9F2WsfXRWx7 that. on his waist.


ViperSA124

sirwal is better in my opinion, much more flexible when you're not wearing the thobe


icameicodedierror

I know it as thoub here


mastyogi

Second that


Suckaroopoo

I third it


TheHumanRavioli

Desert


KillerMango11

Yeah desert


King-Cruz

Yup desert/sand was my thought


Benimation

I thought sand instead of desert too, but what is a desert, if not sand persevering?


Younggatz99

Yeah same.


hiyamynameisjeff

Yeah desert and camels


teachmehowtoburnac

Desert or dessert?


FishTheory

Dessert in the desert


WoodenMango07

I second this


Frankenstein187

Yeah I go to college on my pet camel and i comeback home to water my backyard with oil


DGRDaveFan

Don't question why the Grand Canyon was the first thing I thought of.


NightWolfYT

I’m now proceeding to question it


Dogenoscope123

Probably the sand


howareyouall

Did… you kill a middle easterner in the Canyon?


DGRDaveFan

No, but that made me laugh.


ChrisTheMan72

Why should we believe you!


DGRDaveFan

Lol


GameCreeper

[well tbf](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_(mall))


obai33

Tbf the middle east is full of huge canyons, especially Jordan it has really beautiful ones


ninjadragon1119

Thats midwest Patrick


SkyeBeacon

lol now I am confused


ErikBigCowk

White clothes and sand


ToxicBanana69

It’s location on a map.


thijs1311

Same


NotFishFcker

Yes.


Orange2218

These type of questions are in trend now.


28thOfNovember

welcome to r/polls lol


Orange2218

Where did you get this idea from?


28thOfNovember

from other posts in r/poll , someone will probably post another one after seeing mine lol.


Orange2218

I was asking because I had post a one on India. Then I saw a one on Brazil. Then middle east. Am I the trend setter? XD


28thOfNovember

i think i remember an india post, you probably started it all 😂


Orange2218

I found another one...on Peru


Orange2218

I found another one on Russia. Edit:- Another one on Mongolia.


28thOfNovember

lolol jist give it more time and the list will go on till all the countries are posted hahaha


Orange2218

I found two more - Chile and USA.


hurtfocker

Never-ending war Edit for context: I’m 33. (I can only remember the Middle East being depicted as a war zone in the news. And wondering why the people who live there were ok living in a “war zone”. “*I mean, it’s not like any wars ever happen in good places*”, I thought.)


[deleted]

Is it? I've lived in Qatar most of my life, I've never thought of Qatar (Or Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE) being a war zone.


hurtfocker

Well that shows how the media has used the term “Middle East” as a blanket term for a desert-like area that we *have* to keep going to to kill people for oil and democracy.


chillerll

Way to boil a complex geopolitical situation down to American self hatred


tixijsavvy

Not really, only 2 countries are in war out of 17 countries, and it's not a full war it's just fighting off rebels and terrorists


tkTheKingofKings

Islam?


28thOfNovember

thats a part of their culture


tkTheKingofKings

I guess


themajod

no. non-Arabs can also be Muslim. you can't associate religion with culture, it doesn't make sense, especially with a religion as big as Islam that even has an amount of Muslims all the way in Russia. it's like saying Christianity is Italian culture... it's not.


Serious-Bet

>it's like saying Christianity is Italian culture... it's not. It's not like that at all. Most Middle Eastern countries are Islamic Republics/monarchies and most have Islam as their official religion


bruhm0m3ntum

just because it’s not exclusively middle eastern doesn’t mean it’s not part of middle eastern culture


The_Arkham_AP_Clerk

It is now, it didn't use to be.


28thOfNovember

how? , islam literally started in the middle east


The_Arkham_AP_Clerk

Specifically, Islam started in Saudi Arabia and only started 1400 years ago. The Middle East is a huge part of the world. Previous to Islam, there were thousands of years of distinct cultures (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, etc), each with their own special history, customs, religions, etc. However, through conquest and colonialism, all these cultures have now more or less been amalgamated into Islam. It's a fascinating part of world history.


Brokengirl96

Not all Arabs and people from the Middle East are Muslim. There are lots of Arab Christians and even some who are Jewish. I’m originally from Lebanon and half of the population are Christians.


Hiwa_47

I don't know why people keep saying that Lebanon is half Christian! In 2021, the CIA World Factbook specified that of those residing in Lebanon, 61.1% are Muslims (30.6% Sunni, 30.5% Shia, with smaller percentages of Alawites and Ismailis), 33.7% are Christians (mostly Maronites, Eastern Orthodox, Melkite Catholics, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic, Assyrian Church of the East, Syriac ...


Brokengirl96

Really? I don’t check these things so had no idea about the exact percentages. Now that I think about it, the Muslim population in Lebanon is slightly higher than the Christian. But you can’t deny that Lebanon definitely has the highest Christian population in the Arab world.


Hiwa_47

Has the highest Chrisitians population in an Arab country? Yes. Has the highest Chrisitians population in the Arab world? No, because just the 10% of Egypt population that are Christians is nearly twice the size of the entire Lebanon population


Brokengirl96

That’s a valid point, Lebanon is a much smaller country than Egypt. I meant in an Arab country. I sometimes tend to forget that Egypt is an Arab country since it’s located in Africa and not the Middle East lol.


Hiwa_47

Yeah that can happen


kimi_rules

Wrong! Fun fact; The biggest Muslim country is not in the middle east. It's in South East Asia.


NightWolfYT

*clears throat* #O I L !


Hana_De_Arcos

Kebabs and falafel.


tytyd50

Food is a part of the culture


Rebel-BoyCsa

I imagine a sheikh driving his bugatti veyron on a 24-lane highway in Dubai.


28thOfNovember

you had me dead in "24-lane highway" 😂😂


Mitchell_54

Trade, particularly the Suez Canal.


hiyamynameisjeff

And the t h i c c ship


Dororo69

Pirates I dunno why


NotAPersonl0

Islam, mostly


heartless-tramp

you're thinking culture


28thOfNovember

that's culture


D0wnVoteMe_PLZ

I'm from there. Should I answer?


28thOfNovember

yes


[deleted]

Me too! I think of the desert first.


D0wnVoteMe_PLZ

I have actually seen sand lol. Only once when I went to the beach a few years ago. I was on a vacation.


AmyRebeccaUK

not being able to go there and come back alive because im gay


28thOfNovember

+1 not gay but I am there as an exmuslim


NorthenS

U wont be killed if ur an exmuslim..


imnlbtrz

See, now that's an exaggeration. As long as you dress modestly and don't go out the streets announcing that you're gay, you can pretty much live there just like anyone else. Edit: For those who might question my reply, I used to study there. I had gay teachers and they're still living well there.


IamAkshaya

Homophobia


28thOfNovember

sadly


Still_Percentage_417

The climate


Egst

Carpets and opium


Hiwa_47

Western invasion


Orange2218

Burj Khalifa and people dancing in desert wearing Arabic clothes


TomHast03

Font forget randomly shooting ak47's in the air for fun


Lord_Valkorion

Peanut Butter


28thOfNovember

wha- why lol


Lord_Valkorion

I have my reasons


JAS0NL3GACY

Aladdin


[deleted]

I think of foreign workers there being abused. Yes, I'm a South Asian.


Brokengirl96

So true, especially in all the gulf countries.


Joel-O42069

I think of sand. A lot of it. That's it


28thOfNovember

lmaooo, true true


Gedrick478

Basically halal 😃 and haram 😡


[deleted]

Inequality and oppression


28thOfNovember

sadly


ErozionZeal

US military bases.


aprilblizzard

Hot


Creatastix

Language or countries


boxbuffalo

Camels


HuckleberryThick9372

the beautiful types of rugs.


Frankenstein187

Me a middle eastern checking the comments: 👁👄👁


The-XIVth-Kuzunoha

Where I live and come from


throooooooowawayyyy1

Islam


28thOfNovember

that's culture


sfad1

Misogyny


28thOfNovember

sadly


margalingo

Yes me too so i responded culture


Ryouconfusedyett

oppression of women, lgbtq people, Jews, Christians, "wrong" kinds of muslims,


heartless-tramp

I'm very concerned at this poll's results.


sweet-demon-duck

My boyfriend lol


28thOfNovember

is he middle eastern? , are you also middle eastern?


sweet-demon-duck

He is, not me. They moved to my country when he was young


Iuslucis

Arabian music cat


Ben6924

It's sad that I first thought of terrorism. The second thought was no women's rights. I don't hear many good things about the region


28thOfNovember

we are still underdeveloped compared to other countries sadly, it is true that we don't have any women's right, i think they are trying to work on it but i am not gonna wait for that, i will leave the middle east soon.


Stasio300

How women are treated as sub-human in most of their "cultures"


28thOfNovember

it is sadly true, so frikin oppresed


tixijsavvy

I don't think I'm treated as sub-human lmao


Stasio300

Well yeah but the taliban, which is taking over treats woman as objects. And that's all I think of when I think of the middle East.


17thegyptiangenocide

Afghanistan isn't in the middle east


Stasio300

Yeah but it's what I think of. The same way like most of Russia is in Asia but I think of it as European


tixijsavvy

Afghanistan isn't even in the Middle East what the fuck are you talking about


Snowfox_exe

Israel (cause I live in there)


chuckychuck98

Culture, but not in a good way


rrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeee

I think about religion


LoadingError-

American propaganda is working


lazydonkey25

I chose terrorism because there is an ongoing war there and that’s the closest thing


The-Almighty-Pizza

Not really propoganda, its just what's talked about more. You really hear the media talking about food, music, and cities or do you hear them talk about a U.S involvement 20 years running.


LoadingError-

People listen the mainstream media? That's their first problem. I think of the food. It's delicious


The-Almighty-Pizza

Listening and hearing is two different things. I've heard of the KKKs rules but I don't read it all and beleive it. Also not everyone has been exposed to that culture nevertheless been there.


LoadingError-

You don't have to have been there?? You access the power of the globe in your pocket and people still find ways to be misinformed, it's unbelievable.


The-Almighty-Pizza

You really expect people to be at home bored and look up "middle eastern dances and music?" No one does this. Also even if someone spends hours upon hours researching different parts of the middle east do you REALLY think it'll overpower in their mind what everyone has been talking about for the past 20 years?


LoadingError-

Unless someone is a blundering idiot, i think anything is possible


The-Almighty-Pizza

Lmao you are highly unreasonable. Without searching tell me some key features of Indonesia's culture. Columbia? Estonia? If you answered all 3 then congrats. You have too much time on your hands. If you didn't then you have proved my point.


LoadingError-

You seriously think I'm going to do homework from some Reddit nobody? Pass


TychusCigar

Why do you expect him to do same with the middle East then? Obnoxious fuck.


The-Berzerker

Congrats, you discovered what propaganda is


h4n3nb0w

Desert


relgrenSehT

being every conflict’s bitch. like seriously, crusades, WW2, the cold war, the US militar - *cough cough* police for the last 20 years… it just never fucking ends!


Sriskarova

Instability


_The_Messiah_

Seriously guys?


AdiArco

Honestly MGS4


NRTHE2

Home


Rayyano08

I'm middle Eastern and this is dissapointing..


row_of_eleven_stood

I think of the cradle of civilization and ancient artifacts


Key-Culture-6207

Islamic Golden Age and how beneficial it was to the world


nick3790

I hate these "what word comes to mind" polls, because the first option is almost always the bad one, and the second you look at any of the words on the list the craziest one sticks out. It's like if someone said "whatever you do don't think of a giant pink elephant"


[deleted]

not necessarily terrorism but just war


_Yulii_

sand. a lot of sand.


SnooStrawberries8534

Sand


Peachplumandpear

Honestly I think of a map of the Middle East. Then I think about labneh cause that shit slaps.


tabascoyo

Sand and heat. But on the list I’d go with corruption.


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COZYCARD

Rich Arabs in a desert with gold Lamborghinis while wearing sun glasses


SkyeBeacon

White dress and red and white checkered hat thing riding a camel in arabian desert also no offense but terrorists with an ak and lastly oil


yadabitch

I hate myself for this but all I can think is rape, murder, and disrespect to women. I know this isn’t true for the entire populace but the media has made them out so bad to me, especially growing up. I wish to feel differently but I’ve been brainwashed by movies and the news to feel this way. I’ve also seen it in real life.


28thOfNovember

welll welll well, it is not wrong, middle east truly opresses women sadly, because of the nature of the religion, which results in rape and women disrespect. i do disagree with murder though, i think the middle east is one of the safest places regarding murder, murder rates are so low i'd say.


yadabitch

I meant them all to be relative to solely women. Disrespect, rape, and murder to women. Although I’ have heard the statistics on murder being very low, I do know of that atleast. I have nothing but love for all people but when I see it on a map, it’s just a flashing red flag for me, I could never imagine visiting there as a young woman alone.


28thOfNovember

i highly discourage you coming here as a women tbh, unless you covered fully with an "abaya", which you probably won't like, also, recorded rape numbers are low because of victim blaming, most raped girls get victim blamed for not being modest and it can lead to honour killing, so they choose not to report that they got rqped if that makes sense.


tixijsavvy

>welll welll well, it is not wrong, middle east truly opresses women sadly, because of the nature of the religion, which results in rape and women disrespect. bruh what, single European countries have more rape cases than the entirety of the Middle East, and just because you saw a weird-ass story that can happen in any other country, and stuff during war-torn countries (funded by yours truly, the west) doesn't mean "hurr durr all of you are oppressed"


28thOfNovember

well my information wasn't based on news, it is based on what i see in my community (i am middle eastern). most rape cases aren't recorded because of honor killings. and in lots of countries in the middle east women rights are almost non-exietent (not all countries tho)


tixijsavvy

i am middle eastern too, can you please list all those countries where our rights are non-existent?


28thOfNovember

i think i am more concerned about the religion and society than actual country laws (since it is getting better)


28thOfNovember

countries that don't allow girls to take off hijab: 1. afghanistan 2. iran 3. saudi arabia countries that highly discourage taking off the hijab: almost all of them countries that doesn't allow girls to find a husband (arranged marriages): almost all of them countries that have lots of honor killing cases: 1. iraq 2.syria 3. saudi arabia in general, women in islam aren't allowed to reject having sex with their partner ( so no consensual sex for them) women used to not be allowed to travel without a guardian (luckily that did change as a law) according to islam. idk lots of things, too lazy to get more sources.


TychusCigar

If that's the case then it obviously is because those cases are reported in a much larger capacity than in the ME. Think for a fucking second.


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IamAkshaya

+Homophobia. I can't forget the iranian man video 🤧


DirSam

War and religious dictatorship


Simp4Nishiki

Culture. I've had to research the Middle East for a school, and ignoring the wars, its really beautiful there with nice culture and delicious food


28thOfNovember

yeah i'd say food here is pretty yum hahaha


weedave123

I pretty much guarantee most people who didn't put terrorism is lying to themselves


MansaQu

I genuinely didn't. Didn't realise we were supposed to. Also, the most prominent terrorist group currently (the Taliban) is active in Central Asia.


28thOfNovember

i can almost agree too, except for who chose "other" , cuz honestly desert and oil are things the middle east is famous for


weedave123

Yeah. To be fair culture isn't a million miles out of my mind. But thats not a good thing. Middle Eastern culture is brutal, extremely sexist and often quite rapey.


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TychusCigar

Take a trip to the ME and see for yourself if you believe you got brainwashed then you virtue signalling moron.


anonymous_dancer

my community


Wealhmar

Oil


The-Almighty-Pizza

I just think of the U.S military involvement


Moon3NL

War


_Dispair_

terrorism, but from the USA against the middle east (I'm American)


tiredofpeopl

No freedom


Phixelux

Domestic slavery


nanofeet

Mistreating women


Captain7640

The color yellow


Gitmurr

You're thinking Mexico


will49

Violence