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Five Things People Often Get Wrong About MENA
Transcript of Five Things People Often Get Wrong About MENA
Islam has been an important part of the region's history.
But many non-Muslims live there, and have done so for centuries.
More of the world's Muslims live outside MENA than in it.
MENA is a Muslim Region
Arabic is widely spoken, but not everywhere in MENA (and has many dialects).
Non-Arabs live in most countries of MENA, and are the majority in some of them.
MENA is an Arab region
Only some MENA countries have oil and natural gas resources.
The region holds very poor countries and people as well as some very wealthy countries and people.
Oil has made MENA very rich
Ancient hatreds drive conflict in MENA
Almost all conflict in MENA has roots in 20th century or more recent problems.
For long periods, different religious and ethnic groups have lived together peacefully and cooperatively, as well as or better than in other regions.
All women in MENA are oppressed
Lots of variation between countries, even between regions in countries.
Women have been leaders in many fields in the region, including politics, science, culture, and business.