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View Poll Results: More like Asia or Europe?
Asia 16 35.56%
Europe 17 37.78%
Neither 12 26.67%
Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-31-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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I tend to associate those areas with the Middle East instead of either Europe or Asia.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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I think there is too much ambiguity about the definition of the word 'ethnic/ethnicity' for the responses in this thread to make any sense.

Unless by 'ethnic', you all are talking about thickness of the mustache and pallor of the skin, then it makes perfect sense.

Otherwise, ethnicity and culture are close enough in sentiment to be redundant.

Anyway, I chose Europe because even the Muslim countries listed have significant European (Russian) influence and Georgia and Armenia I consider to be, on the balance, more European in tradition than Asian. Furthermore, the area of Asia associated with the Muslim nations are part of the Indo-European paradigm and are the descendants of Scythians, Sarmatians, and other Iranic groups that remained while I-E speakers went west into Europe and southeast into Persia, and the Indus and Ganges valleys.
Yes culturally the Near East has more common lineage with European culture than the rest of Asia, although there is overlap with South Asia, which is it's own thing. So the question really should be whether it's more like Eastern Europe or the Middle East.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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People who are saying that they consider these countries to be in Middle East as opposed to Asia need to understand that the Middle East IS in Asia. The Middle East is a political region that is a part of Asia.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Georgians are nothing like Arabs.
Yes, there are differences in religion and language, but these are external manifestations, culturological I don't see a difference.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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The Caucasus region where Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Southwestern Russia are located is such a fascinating, intriguing region.

The photos I saw of Georgia and Azerbaijan impressed me and I had no idea that scenery was there for a long time.

The next time I travel to Romania, I plan to go on an exciting action packed road trip from Romania’s southeast coastline cities/towns, through Bulgaria, and Turkey’s Black Sea coastline, and then reach Georgia.

In Georgia, I would travel in Tbilisi, Batumi/sea coastline, and Caucasus mountains. I might even have enough time to go the most Southwestern parts of Russia in the Sochi area.

For Georgia in particular, it certainly seems more European for plenty of reasons. Georgia sometimes appears to be a microcosm/miniature version of Russia, even with the opposition/tensions Georgia had with Russia.

In an abstract way, Georgia actually reminds me of Romania, especially Constanta vs. Batumi/sea coastline region, and the Georgian people I met actually seem similar to Romanians, so that was a surprise to me.

The difference is Romania is 100% Eastern European, while Georgia is 75% European.

Georgia has trace amounts of Turkish influence but it definitely has a lot more Russian influence.

On the contrary, Azerbaijan is a lot more Middle Eastern than Georgia with a lot less European influence. For Azerbaijan, the Turkish influence is more prominent, but it does still have some Russian influence because of the history and some development with Russia. For Armenia, it is a similar situation, except that area is even more Turkish and less Russian.

I am reluctant to categorize the Middle East with Asia because East/South/Southeast Asia is very different and separate from the Middle East, so I prefer to view the Middle East as a separate continental cultural region.

With all of that influence from surrounding areas, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia continue to have very unique nations character, and they feel like their own established nationalities.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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The Caucasus region where Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Southwestern Russia are located is such a fascinating, intriguing region.

The photos I saw of Georgia and Azerbaijan impressed me and I had no idea that scenery was there for a long time.

The next time I travel to Romania, I plan to go on an exciting action packed road trip from Romania’s southeast coastline cities/towns, through Bulgaria, and Turkey’s Black Sea coastline, and then reach Georgia.

In Georgia, I would travel in Tbilisi, Batumi/sea coastline, and Caucasus mountains. I might even have enough time to go the most Southwestern parts of Russia in the Sochi area.

For Georgia in particular, it certainly seems more European for plenty of reasons. Georgia sometimes appears to be a microcosm/miniature version of Russia, even with the opposition/tensions Georgia had with Russia.

In an abstract way, Georgia actually reminds me of Romania, especially Constanta vs. Batumi/sea coastline region, and the Georgian people I met actually seem similar to Romanians, so that was a surprise to me.

The difference is Romania is 100% Eastern European, while Georgia is 75% European.

Georgia has trace amounts of Turkish influence but it definitely has a lot more Russian influence.

On the contrary, Azerbaijan is a lot more Middle Eastern than Georgia with a lot less European influence. For Azerbaijan, the Turkish influence is more prominent, but it does still have some Russian influence because of the history and some development with Russia. For Armenia, it is a similar situation, except that area is even more Turkish and less Russian.

I am reluctant to categorize the Middle East with Asia because East/South/Southeast Asia is very different and separate from the Middle East, so I prefer to view the Middle East as a separate continental cultural region.

With all of that influence from surrounding areas, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia continue to have very unique nations character, and they feel like their own established nationalities.
Georgia is more connected with North Caucasus, Azerbaijan is more connected with Turkic/Persian flavours of asia. Armenia is more connected with Anatolia (where it's Western Homeland is) and also South Caucasus.
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