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Mehri (var. Al-Mahrah, Al-Meheri, Al-Mahri or Al-Mahra ( Arabic: المهرة), also known as Al-Mahrah tribe ( Arabic: قبيلة المهرة) and Arab Salah ( Somali: ), are an ethnic group primarily inhabiting Carab Saalax South Arabia.
Distribution [ edit ]
The Mehri are one of the largest tribes in the
Al Mahrah Governorate of Yemen and in the island of Socotra. Group members are also found in other countries in the Arabian Peninsula, mainly Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Additionally, the Arab Salah clan of Al Mahrah tribe resides in the [1 ] Puntland region in northeastern Somalia. [2 ]
, there are around 115,200 total Mehri speakers. Of those, 50,000 live in Yemen (2011), 50,800 in Oman (2000), and 14,400 in Kuwait (2000). Ethnologue [1 ]
Language [ edit ]
The Mehri speak the
Mehri language as their native language. It belongs to the Modern South Arabian (MSA) subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family's Semitic branch. [1 ]
Mehri is divided into two main
dialects: Eastern Mehri (Mehriyot) and Western Mehri (Mehriyet). These idioms in turn have urban and Bedouin varieties. [1 ]
On the island of
Socotra, the Mehri people speak the Soqotri language.
The Mehri language is most closely related to other MSA languages such as
Bathari and Socotri, the latter of which is spoken on the island of Socotra. These tongues collectively share many features with the Old South Arabian languages (Epigraphic South Arabian), as spoken by the ancient Sabaeans, Minaeans and Qatabanians. [3 ]
Additionally, many Mehri today speak as a second language
Arabic and Somali, both of which are also Afro-Asiatic languages.
Religion [ edit ]
The Mehri are predominantly
Muslim adherents. [1 ]
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References [ edit ]