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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. logo
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Jared Kushner reportedly discussed classified information obtained from the President's Daily Brief with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, ... Salman reportedly told the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed about the meeting with Kushner, bragging that he ...
Associated Press. Saudi Arabia's attempts to prepare for the World Cup are not confined to arranging friendlies or hiring world-famous coaches. After years of Saudi Arabian players staying home, nine were sent to clubs in the top two tiers of Spanish football in January until the end of the current season.

Korea takes a favorable position to win UK nuclear orders, given the limited number of able companies and low chance of Chinese participation. Stock volatility to intensify depending on news flow; however, Korea's presence in the global nuclear market to strengthen if it wins orders from the UK or ...
Air India's inaugural flight to Israel took off from New Delhi on Thursday, as the 256-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner overflies Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf states, countries with which Israel has no diplomatic relations. Overflying Saudi Arabia will considerably shorten flight times between Israel and India.
While the military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was launched in 2015 after the start of the war to defend Hadi's government and push back the Houthi rebels, the balance of power seems to have shifted. The UAE has come to dominate southern Yemen, where it ...
Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with Saudi Arabia's powerful young prince Thursday at the Pentagon. Saudi Arabia is one of America's key strategic partners in the Middle East and a significant patron of U.S. defense companies. Mattis emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship ...
As America welcomes the young, dynamic and controversial Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we should remember that he believes his destiny lies in reshaping not only the Saudi nation, but also the Arab world and the broader Middle East. And I would not ...
As a freshman, I had serious doubts about the ability of Central Student Government to accomplish anything meaningful or substantial, or if it could, then I had doubts as to whether Arab and Muslim voices would matter at all in that setting. Just a few years ago, the Arab community on campus ... Muslims
Marie Elias Ziade, or May, was a key Lebanese-Palestinian figure in the Arab literary scene in the early 20th century who firmly established herself as a vibrant ... With a command of nine languages, "May Ziade was unrivalled during that period of Arabic literature, which was characterised by writing ... Feminist
Talking to Arab News, she said: “This project is driven by pure passion and my responsibility of conserving my own culture as an Arab. I feel like we have a duty to ... She has plans for a further exhibition after she has visited other Arab countries, promising that “this is only the beginning.” Nawaf Al-Nassar, a ... Feminist
Other, less-used systems include Roman and Indian numerals. The accompanying story takes the joke a step further: "It also requires that students in 4th grade learn about Islam and Sharia Law, saving Christianity for the 7th Grade," the story says. "If you want Arabic numerals, go to Arabia," it ends. Feminist
Some pro-Israeli analysts even eyed the former Exxon Mobil chief executive with suspicion due to his extensive business contacts in the Arab world. And when Trump defended his decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as Israel's capital, Tillerson offered a more cautious ... Feminist
(CNN) We've made it to Friday, but sadly, this week is ending on a tragic note. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) ... Feminist
I think geopolitics comes into play for several reasons: the decline of Iraq, Syria, and Egypt as major players in pan-Arab politics (and that's the unparalleled dimension of today's Middle East terrain); the forceful interventionism of Saudi Arabia (rather than its timid forays in Yemen in the early 1960s, we now ... Feminist
Hollywood executives see Saudi Arabia as a potentially lucrative market for films because of its large and predominantly young population that has had little access to entertainment. Saudi Arabia, which has a population of more than 30 million, could represent $1 billion in annual box office revenue once ... Feminist
In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault. The attack was not designed to simply destroy data or shut down the plant, investigators believe. It was meant to sabotage the firm's operations and trigger an explosion. The attack was a dangerous ... Feminist

Tensions are growing more volatile between Saudi Arabia and Iran, a rivalry that has fueled sectarianism and war across the Middle East. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, above, compared Iran's supreme leader to Adolf Hitler, and said that his country would acquire a nuclear bomb “as soon as ... Feminist
Shia Muslim majority-Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have been adversaries for decades, but the proxy battle between the two has taken a new turn since the Crown Prince's rise. He has overseen Riyadh's participation in Yemen's civil war, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who are Shia Muslims, ... Feminist
It's barely three months since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that cinemas would be allowed to reopen in the country, and we've already seen a ... El Masry adds that, despite his British birth and accent, he sees himself as something of an ambassador for the Arab world when he appears in shows ... Feminist
Investors are committing millions in new money to Saudi Arabia as they shrug off uncertainty about its giant oil IPO and a recent corruption crackdown. Equity funds investing in Saudi Arabia saw net inflows of $110 million between the start of the year and March 7, according to EPFR Global, a financial ... Feminist
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is making unprecedented changes in Saudi Arabia with a large focus on the role of women. The kingdom is the last country that denies women the freedom to drive, but that won't be for long. "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell went to the world's ... Feminist
On a recent program, we told you about some English words borrowed from African languages. Today, we will tell you about words English has borrowed from the Arab world. Arabic words entered the English language through a number of ways. In the early 8th century, Arab fighters invaded and took ... Feminist
The Arab American population is estimated at 3.5 million, both Christian and Muslim (although I believe those numbers are higher, at 4.5 million), while there are an estimated 3.5 million Muslims in America. So how influential can Arabs be? They need only look at the influence of Jewish Americans, whose ... Feminist
The fair, which started more than a decade ago, displays a large collection of books on Islam, Arab culture, history, medicine, law, science, technology, mass media and communication, as well as biographical accounts, fiction and novels in popular languages including Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Urdu ... Feminist
At the time of writing, there was no official explanation connecting these pieces of the puzzle, but sources told Popular Mechanics the unusual “space plane” is actually a partially reusable satellite launcher being developed at Ukraine's KB Yuzhnoye and Saudi Arabia is covering the bill. Feminist
Tillerson's firing was welcome news for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which view Iran as a regional menace. They have also pushed Washington to take a harder line on Qatar, which they and other Arab nations have boycotted since last year, accusing it of supporting extremist groups and ... Feminist
U.S. tankers refuel planes from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other coalition members, raising questions about American culpability in war crimes. ... They called on the U.S. to consider withdrawing support for the conflict to get the Saudi Arabian government to commit to peace. Nearly two ... Feminist
According to the last official statement, 56 Saudis remain in detention, with more than 300 released. More than $106bn was seized from 381 Saudi citizens, according to a 30 January statement from Saudi Arabia's attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, in what was framed as an anti-corruption drive. Feminist
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new "culture" bill requiring that Arabic, not "American," numbers be taught in schools. ... The governor is not suddenly “requiring” the teaching of Arabic numerals; the fact is that the Hindu-Arabic numeral system, as it is also called, is already used worldwide. The picture ... Feminist
Profits at Saudia Arabian banks will outperform their GCC peers this year as the economy improves on greater government spending and higher interest rates boost net interest ... Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab economy and its Tadawul index is the biggest by market capitalisation in the Arabian Gulf. Feminist
Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia's only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country's 35-year ban on cinema. "Everything is about to change," the first-year student of "visual and digital production" at Effat University ... Feminist
Jocelyne Elia from Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper won the award for best female travel writer in the Arab world. The results were announced on the sidelines of the Berlin ... the participation of 187 nominees from 14 Arab countries. The majority of winners were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman, he said. Feminist
Studying in Los Angeles, Anmar dreams of being the next Messi or Ronaldo. But unlike his friends, he still lives at home with his parents: an ailing mother who speaks only Arabic, and a perpetually irate father (Ayman Samman) who rules with an iron fist. His father wants him to go back to Saudi Arabia to ... Feminist
The car was stopped at Arab City Center. Bennie Acreman's store, Main Street Produce, had a front-row view. “Well, I was looking out the window and I saw this car go over the curb and about 15 or 20 cop cars chasing them,” recalled Acreman. Police say there were two firearms in the vehicle, and during ... Feminist
The annual index compiled for more than 40 years by professor Sammy Smooha of Haifa University points to a decline in the Jewish majority's perceived legitimacy of the country's 20% Arab minority. The proportion of Jews accepting the Arabs' status as a minority with full civil rights in a Jewish and ... Feminist
And Saudi Arabia's long-term stability is a core U.S. national security interest. The collapse of the Saudi state a la the countries affected by the Arab Spring would have a devastating impact on regional stability, and pose a direct threat to U.S. security with the likely proliferation of radical jihadist groups in ... Feminist
Back at home in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman can count on a loyal media, strict social controls and arrests to ensure his controversial rule ... What we're witnessing in the transition of Saudi Arabia from a traditional Arab kingdom rooted in tribal traditions and Islamic piety into another ... Feminist
Chief Warrant Officer Four Gary Callister, Arabic linguist manager for the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade (Linguist), shares a meal during a collaborative field training exercise at the Rubkut Training Range in Oman in 2012. (Rebecca Doucette/Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center). Feminist
Saudi's globalised marketplace brought “megastore” chains selling licensed CDs; digital platforms brought a cleaner convenience, officially dominated by mainstream Arabic and Transatlantic artists (Ed Sheeran is massive everywhere). Saudi Arabia got iTunes in December 2012, and the Apple Music ... Feminist
It remains unclear the reason of Abbas's statement, but local and Arab media recently cited tension between the Palestinian leader and Arab states, particularly Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Jibril Rajoub, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, has recently criticized Egypt's handling of inter-Palestinian ... Feminist
BEIRUT—A computer scientist at the American University of Beirut is using artificial intelligence to classify the content of Arabic comics, applying the computer-based science to this cutting-edge art form in the Arab world. Artificial-intelligence specialists are always trying to stretch the capabilities of computer ... Feminist
The onset of March is a pleasant time in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's impressive capital. ... the most active users of social media anywhere in the Arab world, disaffected and subscribing to militant ideologies including joining the ranks of outfits such as ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Feminist
Theresa May greets Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman outside 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Tolga ... The internationally recognised president is Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who succeeded Saleh in the Arab spring, only to be forced out by the Houthis. But his government has little ... Feminist
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Highway 10 is set to be the world's longest stretch of straight road, Pan-Arab site StepFeed reported. The highway, which stretches from Haradh to Al Batha, is around 256 kilometers and cuts through the Rub Al-Khali desert. Australia's Eyre Highway was the previous holder of the ... Feminist
AMMAN — Discussions are under way between Jordan and Saudi Arabia to identify projects that will be implemented in Aqaba, as part of the NEOM project launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman as part of the 2030 Saudi vision, an official said on Saturday. “We are in the process of ... Feminist
The conference called for the criminalization of the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, condemned terrorist attacks against Saudi Arabia, and said the ... Al-Hadeeth Society for promoting moderation, and the Pakistani army's role against terrorism and against those who want to destabilize Saudi Arabia. Feminist
Arab mothers described their experience raising their children in the United Kingdom and the effect both British and Arab societies had on the ... “Although my daughter's exposure to the Arabic culture is a lot more than my son's she does not practise it as she feels Arabs judge more than English do. Feminist
A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Saturday Turkey's policy towards neighbouring Arab states was not reasonable and advised it to respect their sovereignty. Relations between the two countries have been strained by Ankara's support for Qatar after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and ... Feminist
There is no doubt that old and new disputes exist on the Arab-Iranian scene. There is also no doubt that Arabs generally refuse the export of the Iranian revolution to their countries and that the majority of Arabs support the rise of a civil state ruled by a constitution and the rule of law (a state of affairs some in ... Feminist


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