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Middle East Ethnic Groups

Mr. Barkes
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Daniel Barkes

on 14 September 2012

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Transcript of Middle East Ethnic Groups

Middle East
Ethn c Groups
Warm-Up: What is the difference
between Ethnic Group and
Religious Group?
Words to know:
Arab, Persians, and Kurds
Ethnic Group:
share many common characteristics
such as language, physical features,
customs, and traditions
Religious Group:
share a common belief system but
are not necessarily composed of
a single ethnic group.
Arabs
Came to the Middle East
in the 2nd Century
Migrated into Northern Africa
and the Arabian Peninsula
Arabs became more prominent
after the rise of Islam
Most Arabs are Muslim; However,
some practice Judaism and Christianity
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Language: Arabic and any of it's variations
Location: Throughout the world,
But mostly in North Africa and the
Middle East
Persians
Original inhabitants of Iran
Speak the Persian Language
Share the same history and culture
Persia was the official
name of Iran before 1935
Most Persians are Shia Muslims
Well Known for Persian Rugs
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Kurds
Kurds are a group indigenous to a region often
called kurdistan
Spread around Turkey, Iran, Syria, and Iraq
Most are Sunni Muslims
Practice a modern form of Islam
Expected to become an independent nation after World War I
They were denied a country of their own
Largest ethnic group in the world, that don't have their own state.
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