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  1. Ethnic Groups Middle East

  2. The Kurds are a group of people who live in Kurdistan (Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey) • They can also be found in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Russia, Georgia, and Lebanon • There are approximately 35 million Kurds in the Middle East • They are the 4th largest Ethnic Group The Kurds

  3. They speak the Kurdish language • Most Kurds practice Sunni Islam and a small percentage practice Shi’a; some are Christians • Kurdish women have more rights than in some other ethnic groups (because of less strict religious beliefs) • A lot of Kurds suffered discrimination under the rule of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and many died The Kurds continued…

  4. The Persians mostly live in Iran • Iran used to be called Persia (during the Persian Empire) • Reza Shah Pahlavi changed the name of the country in 1935 • Most practice Shia Islam practices Shar’iah law • Small groups practice Zoroastrianism and some Christians • Under Iranian laws since 1979 women must wear a chador (a covering that only reveals your face) • They speak Farsi also known as Persian The Persians

  5. Most Arabs live throughout the Middle East (North Africa and Southwest Asia) • Largest Ethnic group in the Middle East • They speak Arabic • Arabs were the original inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula • Most practice Sunni Islam, small groups practice Shi’a or Christianity • Before Islam many Arabs were polytheistic The Arabs