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Old 06-25-2010, 06:44 PM   Post #1
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Syrians are an overall indigenous Levantine people, closely related to their immediate neighbours, like Lebanese people, Palestinians, and Jordanians. While modern-day Syrians are commonly described as Arabs by virtue of their modern-day language and bonds to Arab culture and history; they are in fact largely a blend of the various Aramaic speaking groups indigenous to the region who were Arabized when Muslim Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula arrived and settled following the Arab expansion.

Syrian Arabs, together with some 400,000 UNRWA Palestinian Arabs make up over 90% of the population. Syria also hosts non-Arab ethnic minorities. The largest of these groups, the Kurds, constitute about 9% of the population, or 1,800,000 people. Most Kurds reside in the northeastern corner of Syria and most still speak the Kurdish language.

The majority of Syrian Turkmen live in Aleppo, Damascus and Latakia. Assyrians are a significant Christian minority that live in the north and northeast (al-Qamishli, al-Hasakah) and number around 735,000-1,200,000 in Syria. Although their numbers have been boosted by many Iraqi refugees since the Iraq War.

Armenians number approximately 190,000. Syria holds the 7th largest Armenian population in the world. In addition, approximately 1,300,000 Iraqi refugees were estimated to live in Syria in 2007. Roughly 50 percent of these refugees were Sunni Arab Muslims, 24 percent Shi'a Arab Muslim, and 20 percent Christian. During the Mandate years, there was a significant French population, many of whom left Syria after the end of French rule. As of 1987, approximately 100,000 Circassians lived in Syria.

The Americas have long been a destination for Arab migration, with Syrians arriving in some countries at least as early as the 19th century. The largest concentration of Syrians outside the Middle East is in Brazil, which has over 9 million Brazilians of Arab ancestry. The majority of the 3.5 million Arab Argentines are from either Lebanese or Syrian background. @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria



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There is no such thing as Syrian as an ethnic group or an ethnicity.

Syrian is a nationality whereby those who are either north or south Levantines call themselves, there are mountain people (Druze, Allouites, even Maronites), Arabians, Iraqis, Coatal people, Metropolitans (a mix), some Turk decendents, "Assyrians", Armenians, Adygei and other Circassians etc etc and many who are a mix of some or all of the above.

During the empire, even before, places like Damascus and Aleppo were very metropolitan and had citizens from all over the Ottoman provinces who stayed afterwards, lots of blood from all corners was absorbed as well. There are hardly any "pure" areas left in Syria save the mountains in the west (the Anti-Lebanon mountain range etc).

So Syrians aren't really a people.

Of course I'm not trying to trash your thread, I like your little nation-galleries (including this one), but I am just trying to say I don't agree with the idea that Syrians are an ethnicity or a single people.

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Well he has alot of Bedouins in this sample. Southern Syria is mostly Bedouin region. They seem more Arabid than the Iraqis, and this probably because the Bedouins are heavy in this sample.
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Syrians are an overall indigenous Levantine people...
The thread refers to this group of people, not a nationally identity, ethnicity, etc.
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The intention was to represent "Syrian Arabs", both Islamic and Christian. I left the Kurdish element out. Who are the militant group shown with rifles and special outfits ? All I know those were from Hamah.
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Politicians

Bouthaina Shaaban



Amer Lutfi



Farouk Shara



Mahmoud Abrash (The O'Reilly doppelganger on the left)



Naji Al Otri



Abdullah Dardari



Muhsen Bilal



Walid Al Moualem



Imad Moustapha


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Sports

National football team



U19 Basketball team (couldn't find better photos)



Star player Michael Madanly (on the right)



Syrian Eagles Rugby team (one or two non-Syrians)



Olympics Gold Medalist G. Shouaa



(I've got loads more pictures of famous people but this is enough for now).

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There is no such thing as Syrian as an ethnic group or an ethnicity.

Syrian is a nationality
Well, this could be said about most country demonyms, after all. Spaniards are considered an ethnic group in Wikipedia, for instance...


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