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Arabs are a major panethnic group whose native language is Arabic, comprising the majority of the Arab world. They primarily inhabit Western Asia, North Africa, and parts of the Horn of Africa. Before the spread of Islam, Arab referred to any of the largely nomadic Semitic tribes inhabiting the Arabian Peninsula. In modern usage Arabic-speaking populations are a highly heterogeneous collection of peoples, with diverse ancestral origins and identities. The ties that bind the Arab people are common linguistic, cultural, and political traditions. As such, Arab identity is based on one or more of genealogical, linguistic or cultural grounds, although with competing identities often taking a more prominent role, based on considerations including regional, national, clan, kin, sect, and tribe affiliations and relationships. If the Arab panethnicity is regarded as a single population, then it constitutes one of the world's largest groups after Han Chinese and Indo-Aryan Indians.


The Arabian Peninsula itself was not entirely originally Arabic. Arabization occurred in some parts of the Arabian Peninsula. For example, the language shift to Arabic displaced the Indigenous South Semitic Old South Arabian languages of modern-day Yemen and southern Oman. These were the languages spoken in the civilizations of Sheba, Ubar, Magan, Dilmun, and Meluhha— whose origin is debated; Lionel Bender (1997) suggesting an origin in Ethiopia, while others suggest the southern portion of the Arabian peninsula. A recent (2009) study based on a Bayesian model to estimate language change concluded that the latter viewpoint is more probable.

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Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister called Sunday for a boycott of Arab businesses in an area where residents took part in violent protests against ... Ayman Odeh, the head of the Arab Joint list in parliament, said Lieberman's call for a boycott of Arabs was reminiscent of the worst regimes in history.
Arab, Ala. (WIAT) - Earlier today, Alabama law enforcement Agency issued a missing child alert for four brothers from Arab, Ala. Four brothers, Corbin Simmons, 1 years old; Alexander Simmons, 4 years old; Nicholas Simmons, 5 years old; and Ian Simmons, 11 years old; were last seen at the 300 block of ...
The Alabama law enforcement Agency has issued a missing child alert for four brothers who they say haven't been seen since Friday, WHNT reported Saturday night. Corbin Simmons, 1, Alexander Simmons, 4, Nicholas Simmons, 5, and Ian Simmons, 11 were last seen leaving their home in Arab.
A new wave of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital erupted Sunday in parts of the Muslim and Arab world. Lebanese security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut fired water cannons and tear gas to beat back Lebanese and Palestinian ...
You hear it in the way people talk -- "The Arabs," "The Jews" -- about people with whom they have been sentenced to share a tiny patch of soil atop a ridge with ... It runs all the way to the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina before ending in bustling Pisgat Ze'ev, one of several ...

Also commenting on the riots, education Minister Naftali Bennett said in an radio interview Sunday that "Israeli Arabs should not test our patience." In response to a question of whether he was disappointed by the developments following Trump's decision, Bennett said even if Israel knew there would be ...
Over the years, feminism has become a term largely associated with being both female and liberal, and that has especially been the case in the Arab and Muslim worlds. It is a term that clerics and preachers have shunned and dubbed a Western concept, a conspiracy to destroy the region's social fabric and ...
Manama: The consent of the girl and her mother and the approval of the court are among the requirements in case of an under-18 marriage, according to a recent recommendation by an ad-hoc inter-ministerial committee set up to look into the marriage of minors in Saudi Arabia. The committee said that the ...
The ascension of Saudi Arabia's ambitious new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman raised hopes for change inside and outside the conservative, oil-rich monarchy. He has announced drastic social reforms that include modernizing the nation's religious teachings and granting women more rights.
(Full disclosure: In recent months I've written several articles for the site myself, mostly writing in English and having the articles published in Arabic translation.) "There's this myth that Arabs don't read. Have you heard this before?" Abu Taleb asks. "Arab intellectuals, they flaunt it all the time: 'Arabs don't ...
In a speech broadcast Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic ...
Disputing reports that the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince had bought the painting through a little-known distant cousin, an embassy spokeswoman said in a statement that the cousin had instead acted as an agent for the ministry of culture of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. The painting will hang ...
Saudi Arabia has allowed a female singer to perform solo at a public concert for the first time in the country's history. Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji took to the ... Centre in the capital Riyadh. Thousands attended the historic, all-women event and danced to renditions of Celine Dion, as well as Arab classics.
The Arabs did not only live on the coast of the Arabian gulf, its islands and the "Arabistan of Ahwaz" or "Khuzestan" provinces as they are officially called by ... It is worth noting that these Arab villages belong to the predominantly Kurdish city Sirwan, but the population is concerned that the number of Arabic ...
World powers are pushing Saudi Arabia and Iran to stop interfering in Lebanon's politics while urging Iranian ally Hizballah to rein in its military activities in ... factions, Hariri withdrew his resignation and on December 5 his coalition government reaffirmed its policy of staying out of conflicts in Arab states.
Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told Trump of Egypt's "unwavering" support for keeping the status quo in Jerusalem. The United Arab Emirates voiced "regret and condemnation." Saudi Arabia expressed "great disappointment." Iraq summoned the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad. The Arab League ...

Saudis took the stage one by one to poke fun at the world -- and themselves -- introducing a hissing, cackling audience to an art form widely unknown in the conservative kingdom: stand-up comedy. Chuckles and squeals ran through the crowd at a rare amateur comedy festival last week in the capital ...
"As [President Erdogan] has mentioned, we are both in full agreement on the need for holding an OIC summit on Jerusalem next week that will bring together Arabs and Muslim leaders," His Majesty added. His Majesty noted that Jordan and Turkey "stand shoulder to shoulder to face the challenges that lie ...
Farhan said in an interview with Quds Press that "it is no longer convincing for Arabs and Muslims only to cut off relations with Israel. We need a more bold step including to sever relations with the United States, whose president intends to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the ...
U.S. President Donald Trump called for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night to immediately allow humanitarian aid to reach the Yemeni people, suggesting Washington had run out patience with a Saudi-led blockade that has been condemned by relief organizations. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting ...
Saudi Arabia joined Yemen's civil war, which pit the country's leaders against Houthi rebels, in 2015. In November, the Saudis intensified a blockade on Yemen, stopping the entry of goods and other basic necessities, and heightening warnings of a humanitarian crisis from international aid groups. In a brief ...
"Oh Arabs and Muslims, Bolivia will ask for an emergency Security Council meeting in the event that Trump recognises Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Where is the Arab representative in the security council to call for such a meeting?" said Abdullah K. AlShayji, a professor at Kuwait University.
It was Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the acting ruler of the United Arab Emirates, who proposed a joint action plan with Saudi Arabia that would enable both to continue controlling the moves in Yemen. He is said to have suggested to Mohammed bin Salman to carry out an ...
Former Dancing With the Stars contestant (and current Energy Secretary) Rick Perry was in Saudi Arabia on Monday to sign something on carbon management. According to the press release the two countries released, it was a memorandum on figuring. Share On facebook Share · Share On pinterest ...
Now she is part of a growing number of young Chinese who are choosing Arabic as the foreign language to study at university. According to Lin Feng Min, the director of the Arabic department at Peking University's language school, they have had to print 20 per cent more national test papers in the last ...
TWO years ago Ayman Odeh, the pragmatic new leader of Israel's Arab parliamentary bloc, said that within a decade Arabic would be "on Tel Aviv street signs as part and ... In tandem a five-year plan, Resolution 922, aims to narrow the gap between Jews and Arabs in education, housing and policing.
The Middle East is on edge as President Donald Trump plans to make a controversial change in U.S. policy on Jerusalem. Palestinians are calling for three "Days of Rage" to protest Trump's plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinian spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh warns that ...
As appears to have been demonstrated in Saudi Arabia early last month. The New York Times is reporting five interceptors were fired from US-supplied Patriot missile defence systems to defend Riyadh airport. The incoming Yemeni scud was seen to fall from the sky. However, all was not as it seemed: The ...
Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah's decision came after the United Arab Emirates earlier in the day announced a new partnership with Saudi Arabia separate from the GCC. The Emirati Foreign Ministry said the new "joint cooperation committee" was approved by the UAE's ruler and president, Sheikh ...
The survey released Tuesday found attitudes toward Arabs, Muslims, Arab Americans and Muslim Americans have risen to the highest levels in a decade. ... However, a deep partisan divide remained on the issue, with 54 percent of Democrats versus 31 of Republicans having a favorable opinion of Arabs ...
It was just a couple of months ago that archeologists revealed their findings of ancient stone gates in a deserted area of Saudi Arabia. ... Group (SRMG) just announced a partnership with Bloomberg to launch Bloomberg Al Arabiya, a new multi-platform Arabic-language business and financial news service, ...
In November, Sophia struck a blow for robots everwhere when she was granted Saudia Arabian citizenship--the first time any country recognized a robot in such a way. Now, Sophia, a social robot, is using her platform as the highest-profile robot in the world to advocate for women in her home nation.
Vociferous Arab and Muslim opposition was building Tuesday to any possible U.S. recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as European leaders expressed concern about ... Saudi Arabia, a regional powerhouse, is crucial to any White House plans to promote a possible Mideast peace deal.
The official story was clear: Saudi forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebel group last month at Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh. ... The findings show that the Iranian-backed Houthis, once a ragtag group of rebels, have grown powerful enough to strike major targets in Saudi Arabia, ...
The King Abdulaziz Centre for world culture in Saudi Arabia has been lit up with the colours of the UAE flag for National Day. oil company Saudi Aramco reposted a video from the country's oil minister, Khalid Al Falih, showing the complex in Dhahran emblazoned with red, white, black and green in honour ...
With Saudi Arabia's new crown Prince set to take the throne as early as this week, the Arab world could see some of the largest changes since the Arab Spring. Recently it was announced that Saudi King Salman intends to name his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), as his successor.
A World Cup shrouded in corruption controversies and struggling to attract sponsors could have the dreariest of starts on the field: a meeting of the lowest-ranked teams in the 32-team field. Host Russia and Saudi Arabia play June 14 at Moscow in an opener lacking global appeal, but things pick up the next ...
Hassan nasrallah Hezbollah Lebanon Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah spoke to supporters in Beirut in early November, criticizing Saudi Arabia for its aggressive moves over the last week. Hezbollah, a Shia militant movement, is the most powerful political faction in Lebanon, and is part of a coalition ...
... a 20-minute animation based on Saudi Arabian folklore. Production is complete on Arabic and Japanese versions, and teasers for both versions have been released. The official release date of "The Woodcutter's Treasure" has not been announced yet, but it will air on TV in Saudi Arabia and in Japan.
Saudi Arabia says that it has intercepted a second missile fired towards the country by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Royal Air Force spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki, who spoke to the Saudi Press Agency, said the missile was likely headed to the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, but Saudi forces intercepted and ...
... East policy could best be characterised as one of neglect and confusion. His term coincides with a period of radical change in Saudi Arabia. King Salman and his son, Muhammad, the all-powerful crown prince, have abandoned the Al Sauds' plodding caution in favour of a more aggressive foreign policy.
In this photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after being greeted by Riyadh Governor Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. May traveled to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night to meet the kingdom's ...
Saudi Arabia "doesn't give a damn" about the Palestinian cause, a former Israeli security advisor has said, as long as it can cement a deal with Israel against Iran. The Kingdom is willing to accept almost any kind of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former defence ...
CAIRO - A series of startling events in November revealed the abysmal state of affairs in the Arab world. The Lebanese prime minister announced his resignation abroad, but reversed the statement later. A missile was launched from Yemen toward Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's leadership ...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is one of the largest labor markets in the world with 11 million foreign workers from more than 100 countries represented in many sectors and fields of ... Saudi Arabia is an active member of the ILO, he said, and its systems comply with the provisions of the international organization.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia -- Change is coming to a kingdom once stuck firmly in the past. women are asserting themselves in ways that were unimaginable until recently. It's six months before Saudi women will finally be allowed to drive, but Noura al-Otaibi isn't waiting. A $170,000 Mercedes Benz takes her ...
Duolingo, the popular language-learning app, is continuing its foray into teaching non-Western languages to English speakers. After launching Japanese and Chinese this year, it will release an Arabic course next March, quartz has confirmed. The company--which has 200 million users and is many ...
VIENNA -- OPEC and other major oil producers wrapped up a deal on Thursday to extend output cuts through the end of 2018, part of efforts to bolster prices. Despite rising prices, Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer and the cartel's de facto leader, had insisted that extending the cuts, which were ...
The IUPUI Saudi students Club was honored by the Saudi Arabian cultural ... well as maintain our identity as Muslims from Saudi Arabia," said Alzeer. ... The IUPUI Saudi Students Club has also written a guidebook, in Arabic, ...


 

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