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Re: OT: Vorderasien vs. Nahost (was OT: Re: an axe to grind)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 10:59
Quoting Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>:

> Hallo! > > Andreas Johansson wrote: > > > While at the subject of German geographical terminology, I thought I'd ask > the > > resident Germans whether there's any distinction between 'Vorderasien' and > > 'Nahost' (lit "near-east"). Is there? > > As far as I can tell, the terms are synonymous, but _Vorderasien_ is mainly > used when discussing the *ancient* Middle East, and rarely for the modern > Middle East.
OK, thanks! Andreas