The countries traditionally defined to be in the Middle East include: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. Many countries in this region contribute much to the global supply of crude oil. Three major world religions - Islam, Judaism, and Christianity - originated in the Middle East. The region is populated by many ethnic groups - Arabs, Turks, Persians, Jews and others.
Spanking in the Middle East
Islam is the state religion of nearly all the countries in the Middle East, and plays a significant role in their judicial systems. Muslim men and women in certain countries, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, can be sentenced to judicial corporal punishment (mainly in the form of whipping or caning) for offenses like adultery and consumption of alcohol.
Little is known about BDSM and consensual and erotic spanking in nearly all these countries due to their conservative nature and strong religious influences, which prohibit pornography and open discussion of sex-related topics.