Arab fowk, kent as Arabs an aw (Arabic: عرب, ʿarab), are a panethnicity primarily livin in the Arab warld which is locatit in Wastren Asie an North Africae. They are identified as such on ane or mair o genealogical, linguistic, or cultural grunds, wi tribal affiliations, an intra-tribal relationships playin an important pairt o Arab identity in tracin descent o a naitional frae an Arab state.
The maist popular Arab accoont haulds that the wird 'Arab' came frae an eponymous faither cried Yarab, who was supposedly the first tae speak Arabic. Al-Hamdani haed anither view; he states that Arabs wur cried GhArab (Wast in Semitic) bi Mesopotamians acause Arabs residit in Wastren Mesopotamie; the term wis then corruptit intae Arab. Yet anither view is held bi Al-Masudi that the wird Arabs wis initially applee'd tae the Ishmaelites o the "Arabah" valley.
The ruit o the wird haes mony meanins in Semitic leids includin "wast/sunset," "desert," "mingle," "merchant," "raven" an are "comprehensible" wi aw o these haein varyin degrees o relevance tae the emergence o the name. It is an aa possible that some forms were metathetical frae ʿ-B-R "muivin aroond" (Arabic ʿ-B-R "traverse"), an hence, it is allegit, "nomadic."
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