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Arabs, Persians, and Kurds

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ethnic group
a group of people who share a common ancestry
religious group
a group of people who share a common belief system
Arab
an ethnic group whose ancestry originated on the Arabian Peninsula
Persian
the dominant ethnic group of Iran and Western Afghanistan
Kurds
an ethnic group based in the mountain area betwen Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran
Sunni Islam
the branch of Islam that Arabs and Kurds practice
Shia Islam
90% of Iran and 60% of Iraq belongs to this branch of Islam
Islam
the spread of this particular religion caused the Arabs to expand off of the Arabian Peninsula
Spain
this country was the western boundary of the Muslim Empire at its height
Farsi
the language spoken by Persians
Persian and Pashto
Kurdish language is comprised of these two languages
Arabic
the language that most Arabs speak
Kurds
this ethnic group has no permanent homeland of their own
Arabs
this ethnic group dominates the Middle East and North Africa
Nationality
this is how most modern Arabs define themselves
Nomadic Herders
Only 5% of the Arab population practices this occupation today