Thursday, January 1, 2015

Arab World

Arab World

Who is an Arab?
"Arab" is a cultural and linguistic term. It refers to those who speak Arabic as their first language. Arabs are united by culture and by history. Arabs are not a race. Some have blue eyes and red hair; others are dark skinned; many are somewhere in between. Most Arabs are Muslims but there are also millions of Christian Arabs and thousands of Jewish Arabs, just as there are Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Americans.

What is the Arab World? 
The Arab World consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Arab countries have a rich diversity of ethnic, linguistic, and religious communities. These include Kurds, Armenians, Berbers and others. There are over 300 million Arabs.  Detailed information about each Arab country is listed below (see flags). Note that Iran and Turkey are not Arab countries and their primary languages are Farsi and Turkish respectively.

What is the Muslim World? 
There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. The Organization of Islamic Countries has 57 member states.  Most Arabs are Muslims, but most Muslims are not Arabs.

Who is a Muslim? 
A Muslim is a follower of Islam.

What is the Middle East? 
The Middle East is a loose term, not always used to describe the same territory. It usually includes the Arab countries from Egypt east to the Persian Gulf, plus Israel and Iran. Turkey is sometimes considered part of the Middle East, sometimes part of Europe. Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh are usually described as South Asia.
Arab Civilization: An Introduction to the Arab World
Arab Culture and Civilization
Country Information from the CIA World Factbook:
Flag of Algeria
Flag of Bahrain
Flag of Djibouti
Flag of Egypt
Flag of Jordan
Flag of Kuwait
Flag of Lebanon
Flag of Libya
Flag of Mauritania
Flag of Morocco
Flag of Oman
Flag of Qatar
Flag of Saudi Arabia
Flag of Somalia
Flag of Sudan
Flag of Tunisia
Flag of United Arab Emirates
Flag of Yemen

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