WHO ARE THE ARABS OF TODAY?
Around 3500 BC the Semites from Arabia began their migration
to the North, East, and North West mixing with the local inhabitants,
and producing the Sumerians and the Babylonians civilizations,
Egyptian Pharaonic civilization, the Lebanese Phoenician civilization,
and the Palestinian Canaanite civilization.
ARABS, ARABIANS OR ARABIC SPEAKING PEOPLE?
Some modern writers prefer to identify all the people of the
Arabian Peninsula, as Arabians, and the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis,
Palestinians, Egyptians, and North Africans as Arabs. An alternative
is to call the inhabitants of the Peninsula Arabs, and to call
the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Egyptians, and North
Africans Arabic speaking people.
THEN WHAT DOES AN "ARAB" MEAN?
Therefore, being an Arab does not mean you are coming from a
specific race. To be an Arab, like being a Canadian, is a civilization
and a culture trait rather than a racial mark. To be
an Arab means to come from an Arabic speaking world – a
world that has common traditions, customs and a single unifying
The Arab civilization unified Arabians, Africans, Berbers, Egyptians
and the descendants of the Phoenician and Canaanites. During
its heyday Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in harmony
and respect. It was a great "melting pot" that produced
a vibrant and a great civilization. Although 90% of the Arabs
are Muslims today they represent less than 20% of the Muslims
of the world.