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By limiting their discussions to Arabs and by introducing a new term, "Arab Middle East," the authors have created a dilemma with which they attempt to deal in the first chapter, The Land and the People. They have omitted Saudi Arabia, the two Yemens, and the Emirates along the Persian Gulf—all Arab countries—because next to nothing is known about the nutritional state in those countries. But why not include Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afganistan, and Israel as Middle Eastern countries about which much is known even though they are not Arab? They are all Moslem, except Israel, and Moslem religious customs
The State of Nutrition in the Arab Middle East.. Ann Intern Med. ;77:666. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-4-666_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(4):666.
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