which places do Arab Americans trace their ancestry?
Arab Americans trace their roots to many places, including parts or all of
Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,
Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Some Arabs are Israeli
Palestine a country?
Historically, Palestine was a country east of the Mediterranean Sea that
includes Israel and parts of Jordan. As a distinct region, Palestine was
under Ottoman control (a Turkish empire) and then British control until
1948, when the nation of Israel was created. Areas of Palestine became
Israel and part of Jordan. Today, Palestinians share a collective national
identity and are moving back toward independence and self-rule as a country.
The Palestinian National Council, acts as the government.
Iran be in that list?
No. Iran is not an Arab country. Although Iran borders Iraq, it is descended
from the Persian empire and has a different language and cultural history
than the Arab countries. The dominant language in Iran is Farsi, not Arabic,
although other languages are spoken there as well. Persian is sometimes used
to describe either the language or the ethnicity, but Farsi and Iranian are
not interchangeable. Iran's location, the fact that it is an Islamic country
and the similarity of its name to Iraq may confuse people.
not all people from the Middle East are Arabs?
That is correct. The four main language groups in the Middle East are
Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. Other significant language groups are
Kurdish and Berber. Arabs are largest in terms of population and land
holdings, and this handbook focuses on people who have emigrated from or who
are descended from people in those areas.
there other groups from the Arab region?
Yes. Assyrians, Berbers, Chaldeans and Kurds have languages rooted in
pre-Arabic times. There also are religious differences. The Chaldeans are
the largest of these groups in the United States.
Chaldeans are Catholics from Iraq. A religious and ethnic minority there,
Chaldeans have some large communities in the United States, the largest in
Detroit. The Chaldean Catholic Church has had connections with the Roman
Catholic Church since 1551, and has been affiliated since 1830. The Chaldean
Diocese of the Catholic Church in the United States has parishes in
Michigan, California, Chicago and Arizona. It also has several missions.
Churches offer Chaldean language services. Chaldeans and Assyrians, along
with Arabs, are Semite people. The cultural foundation is similar, but the
religious affiliation is different.
are Chaldeans Arabs, or not?
Chaldeans and Arabs share some issues, but they have different identities.
The Chaldean language is different from Arabic and, in Iraq, Chaldeans are
religiously distinct from the Muslim majority. While Chaldeans foster a
separate identity, they also have an Iraqi nationality and some shared
concerns with Arabs. These nuances are lost by federal classifications,
which sometimes reclassify Chaldeans as Arab or Iraqi. It is best to ask
people how they would like to be identified, to be specific and, when
relevant, to explain.
Contents :: Overview
:: Origins :: Language :: Demographics
:: Family :: Customs
Religion :: Politics
:: Terminology :: Stereotypes
:: Coverage :: Resources
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