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|c. 450 million|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Arab League 423 million|
|Significant Arab diaspora in:|
|Predominantly Islam (Sunni; also Shia, Ibadi; Sufi); minority Christianity, Druze, Bahá'í Faith, other religions,religious humanism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Afroasiatic-speaking peoples|
a Arab ethnicity should not be confused with Berbers, Kurds, Turkmens, Armenians, Assyrians, Nubians, Copts, Beja who live in the Arab world and speak Arabic as a native language or as a second language.
b Not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs. An Arab can be a Muslim, Christian, Jew, atheist - or of any other religion or ideology.
The Arabs (Arabic: عَرَب pronounced [ˈʕarab]) also known as the Arab People are an ethnic group mostly inhabit in the Arab world. They primarily inhabit the Arab states in Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and western Indian Ocean islands. The Arabs are first mentioned in the mid-ninth century BCE as a tribal people dwelling in the central Arabian Peninsula subjugated by Upper Mesopotamia-based state of Assyria. The Arabs appear to have remained largely under the vassalage of the Neo-Assyrian Empire 911–612 BC, and then the succeeding Neo-Babylonian Empire 626–539 BC, Achaemenid Empire 539–332 BC, Greek Macedonian/Seleucid Empire and Parthian Empire.Arab tribes, most notably the Ghassanids and Lakhmids begin to appear in the south Syrian deserts and southern Jordan from the mid 3rd century CE onwards, during the mid to later stages of the Roman Empire and Sasanian Empire.
Before the expansion of the Arab Empire, "Arab" referred to any of the largely nomadic Semitic people from the northern to the central Arabian Peninsula and from the Syrian Desert. Currently "Arab" refers to a large number of people whose native regions form the Arab world due to large migrations of Arab tribes in the early Arab conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries, the Arabs forged the Rashidun and then Umayyad Caliphate, and later the Abbasid Caliphate, whose borders touched southern France in the west, China in the east, Anatolia in the north, and the Sudan in the south. This was one of the largest land empires in history.
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