From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Western Asia, West Asia, or Southwest Asia, is the westernmost subregion of the continent of Asia. It is entirely a part of the Greater Middle East and almost entirely a part of the Middle East, and includes Anatolia, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Mesopotamia, the Levant, the island of Cyprus, the Sinai Peninsula, and partly Transcaucasia. The region is considered to be separated from Africa by the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt, and separated from Europe by the waterways of the Turkish Straits and the watershed of the Greater Caucasus. Central Asia lies to its northeast, while South Asia lies to its east. Eight seas surround the region (clockwise): the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Western Asia has a population of around 313 million.
- Middle East
- Cinema of West Asia
- List of World Heritage Sites in Western Asia
- West Asian Games
- West Asian Basketball League
- West Asia Basketball Association
- West Asian Billiards & Snooker Federation
- West Asian Tennis Federation
- West Asian Football Federation