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Understanding Arabs, Fifth Edition: A Contemporary Guide to Arab Society by Margaret Nydell

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CHAPTER 15THE ARAB COUNTRIES IN THE CENTER

The Levantine region is located in the center of the Arab world, in western Asia.

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The Levant, a French term, is used to identify the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean: Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. Also in the region are Jordan and Iraq geographically, although not ethnically.

The Levantine people in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine are mainly from the same Semitic origin, descended from indigenous inhabitants of the region from Neolithic times. They constitute a linguistic and cultural unit and identify with each other. Jordanians, however, are of Bedouin descent, from the northern Arabian ...

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