Middle Eastern American refers to Americans of Middle Eastern origins from countries including regions of: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Dhekelia, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Some of these countries are also geographically considered Asian or European countries. (www.cia.gov)
The term Middle Eastern American often includes the broad definition of permanent residents of United States who are not American citizens and those of Arab American heritage. In the U.S., about 0.7% Middle Eastern Americans and approximately 2% of Montgomery County residents are from Middle Eastern origins. Leading states with significant populations are California, New York, Florida, and the national capital region.
Middle Eastern Americans are highly diverse in cultures, languages, religions, and ethnicities. Major religions practiced by the Middle Eastern Americans include Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Bahá'í, Yazdanism, and Zoroastrianism. Muslim Americans in Montgomery County are highly active and make up about 6% of the total County population. Middle Eastern Americans often speak another languages beyond English: Arabic (Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, Yemen), Armenian (Armenia), Azeri (Azerbaijan), Georgian (Georgia), Farsi (Iran), Hebrew (Israel), and Turkish (Turkey). Sources: