Word Chain - The Middle East

Guess these words related to the Middle East. The last letter of each word is the same as the first letter of the next word.
All the answers are a single word
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Last updated: October 24, 2017
First submittedJuly 21, 2017
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Country home to the ruins of Babylon
Iraq
Emirate that will host the 2022 World Cup?
Qatar
Sea separating Asia from Africa
Red
Capital of Syria
Damascus
Egyptian peninsula once controlled
by Israel
Sinai
Major city located on two continents
Istanbul
Country ruled by Gaddafi until 2011
Libya
Islamic term for God
Allah
Political party that rules Gaza
Hamas
Egyptian President assassinated in 1981
Sadat
Legendary city home to Hector and Priam
Troy
Country home to the city of Aden
Yemen
Home city of Jesus
Nazareth
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Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca
Hajj
His sons were the twelve tribes of Israel
Jacob
Capital of Lebanon
Beirut
Country which covers most of Anatolia
Turkey
Jewish holiday: ___ Kippur
Yom
Egyptian leader overthrown in 2011
Mubarak
Black stone cube at the center of Mecca
Kaaba
Most widely-spoken language in the region
Arabic
Islamic title; literally "successor"
Caliph
Journey of Mohammed that marks the
start of the Islamic calendar
Hegira
Khomeini's religious title
Ayatollah
Main language of Israel
Hebrew
Fundamentalist branch of Saudi Islam
Wahhabi
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Level 80
Jul 25, 2017
Please accept "hejira", thanks!
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Level ∞
Jul 25, 2017
Ok
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Level 73
Jul 28, 2017
Thank you for helping me get 100%
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Level 71
Jul 26, 2017
The questions were good and the quiz a challenge. I was thrown by the Libya and Egypt questions in relation to the Middle East so I decided to look it up before stating definitely that they were not in the Middle East. I found multiple maps and all of them showed different boundaries. While they are now considered part of the Middle East (along with countries all the way to Morocco depending on the map), it doesn't make sense. The original Middle East is literally in the middle. It's like saying Washington is part of the Midwest.
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Level 70
Oct 23, 2017
Perhaps the map you saw that includes morocco was refering to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which is a commonly used definition due to the shared language and culture of the North African states with the rest of the Middle East. I think the term 'Middle East' is misleading anyway, because when you say 'Middle', which middle are we talking about? If it's from a European prespective, then the region in question should definitely be called the Near East, since it is the nearest part of Asia to Europe if you start in Greece for example and head East. It is already called that in ancient contexts. The Middle East will then be somewhere in India and Central Asia, and the Far East will be China and East Asia, as it is rightfully called.
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Level 58
Oct 23, 2017
Is it possible for Khalifa to be accepted for Islamic title meaning successor?
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2017
Yes. If "Caliph" started with a K. And if "Hegira" started with an A.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2017
Khalifa will work now
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Level 37
Oct 23, 2017
How willing we are to twist our logic like pretzels just to deny what should be as obvious as the noses on our faces. If you stick to geography rather than polluting the issue with politics and/or ethnicity, there would be no confusion. And, oh yes Quiz Master, delete to your heart's content!
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Level 83
Jun 21, 2018
This comment makes no sense. Anyone?
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Level 37
Nov 20, 2018
The answer makes no sense because the comment it was in answer to was deleted. I was responding to a comment about Libya and Egypt being on a quiz about the Middle East.
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Level 73
Oct 23, 2017
Great quiz! One small tweak suggestion: I think "Allah" is an Arabic word rather than an "Islamic" word.
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Level 60
Oct 23, 2017
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Level 85
Oct 24, 2017
True. The name Allah existed in pre-Islamic Arabia.
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Level 73
Oct 24, 2017
As "Arabic" is used as an answer in this quiz, we tried to avoid using it in the clues, but thanks :)
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Level 75
Nov 1, 2017
Then change it to "Term for God in Islam" -- because "Islamic term for God" makes your clue incorrect.
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Level 72
Jan 10, 2018
While I appreciate your reasons for not wanting the word "Arabic" in the clues, it's a very important point. An Arabic-speaking Christian will use the term "Allah" to refer to God.
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Level 67
Aug 17, 2019
After reading Poetscorner's comment I agree, I am sure there is a way to rephrase the sentence so that misconceptions are born/perpetuated.
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Level 65
Jun 30, 2020
As the clue stands right now, it is unequivocally wrong. Please change it. Allah is an Arabic word used by both Christian and Muslim Arabs.
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Level 29
Dec 28, 2017
Egypt and Libya aren't in the middle east just putting that out there
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Level 37
Jan 23, 2018
Quite true,fatness, but politics too often trumps geography (or logic) on these quizzes.
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Level 50
Nov 6, 2020
Please do not include religious references in a geography quiz.

Not everyone is religious and hence are unfamiliar with many of these things like the home city of Jesus.

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Level 66
Dec 4, 2020
Lol