Defining an Arab, Who are they?
It is a term which explains a culture and linguistics. It is related to those who speak Arabic as their mother tongue. Arabs throughout the world are united by sharing same culture and history. It is not a race but rather a culture and identity that define them. Arabs are dark-skinned and have red to black hair. They are Muslims by religion, but some of the Arabs are Christians Arabs and Jewish Arabs. Both Christians and Jewish Arabs share a different religion but same culture and national language. They have the Arab decedents.
The entire Arab world constitutes 22 the Middle East and North African countries. Countries included in the Arab world are; Algeria, Egypt Iraq Comoros island Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Libya, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Qatar, Tunisia, Somalia, Syria-United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Iran and Turkey are two countries located closer to Arab countries but has a different culture and national language, their national language is Farsi and Turkish. They have very diversified religious and ethnic and linguistic communities. Some main communities of the Arab world are Kurds, Berbers, and Armenians. The total population of Arabs is around 300 million which is spread across 22countries, and some of them are also being immigrated worldwide now.
Arabs and the Muslim world
There are around 1.2 billion Muslims around the world and 55 member states in an organization of Islamic countries. The highest numbers of Muslims are found in Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria, and China. But only Egypt among these countries is an Arab country this shows that most of the followers of Islam are not Arabs. But most of the Arabs are Muslims by religion. The highest numbers of Muslim Arabs are found in Saudi Arabia which is a land of Muslims. The Arabs originally originated from Saudi Arabia as the religious language of all the Muslims is Arabic. The holy book of all the Muslims is in Arabic, but the majority of Muslims live outside Saudi Arabia, due to which most Muslims are not Arabs.
The Middle East and Arab world
The Middle East is a term to define the territory starting from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, Israel and Iran; all these countries are Arab countries. Turkey is defined as both the part of the Middle East and Europe. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India are part of South Asia, but they share a border with Arab countries.
As explained earlier Arabs are defined by their culture and the language they speak, Arab Americans are the American decedents of Arab. They are the American with roots originating from Arab countries. Most of them came from Lebanon, Palestine, and Libya. American Arabs also have communities from Egypt Iraq and Yemen. The first immigration of the Arabs started in the 19th century. The major wave of immigration began after World War II. From then till now Arabs are still immigrating to different countries. Arab Americans have the largest community being immigrated to Detroit Dearborn.