Project Notes II - ARB Beginning Arabic II Arab identity is...

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ARB Beginning Arabic II Arab identity is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the rise of Islam, with historically attested Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes. Today, however, most Arabs are Muslim, with a minority adhering to other faiths, largely Christianity. Arabs are generally Sunni, Shia or Sufi Muslims, but currently, 7.1 percent to 10 percent of Arabs are Arab Christians.[19] This figure does not include Christian ethnic groups such as Assyrians, and Syriacs. The people of Arabia belong to two distinct and apparently quite different races. The common idea of Arab type—tall, bearded men with clean-cut hawk like faces are found in North Arabia. The Arabs of South Arabia are smaller, darker, coarser featured, and nearly beardless. All authorities agree that the Southern Arabs are nearly related to the Abyssinians. Yet strange to say, it is the Egypto-African race (Qahtani) who are the pure Arabs, while the stately Semitics of the north are Musta'rab (Adnani) .... Arab by adoption, mixing and residence rather than by pure descent.[20] Although since early

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