By the mid-20th century a common definition of the Middle East encompassed the states or territories of Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan,Egypt, Sudan, Libya, and the various states and territories of Arabia proper (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain,
The styles of art within the Middle East vary greatly. One of my favourite things I have come across are the mandalas, they are truly stunning. The writing in areas of Islam and India is beautiful, it reminds me of the artwork the way it swirls and looks more like a painting than writing.
The architecture of the Middle East is in my opinion amongst the most beautiful in the world. There is no end to the different styles seen in the Middle East, from pyramids to temples, I am constantly amazed by the sheer size and intricate features these buildings hold. Something I have noticed about the Middle Eastern architecture compares to the rest of the world is how many interesting shapes they use, there seems to be no set box-like influence through this part of the world, almost as though the buildings themselves are pieces of art. If I choose the Middle East as my preferred area, this is something I would like to look into.
The different outfits within the Middle East seem to mainly consist of long flowing materials, mainly colourful when it comes to the womens clothes and less so for the men. One of the things that intrigues me about these dress codes is the head scarfs and sarees.