The Name of the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf Is Caught in the Middle of Regional Rivalries

397543581_91690b1c31_mThe political battles being fought in the Middle East pervade every aspect of daily life, including the names used for the topography. An excellent example of this onomastic pull-and-tug can be seen in the discussion over whether to use the name “The Persian Gulf” or “The Arabian Gulf”. Read both sides of the story in this New York Times piece.