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السود العرب

Afro-Arab people.png Omar al-Bashir · Hassan Hakmoun · Raïs M'Bolhi · Bilal Ibn Rabah

Yacine Brahimi · Sheba "Bilqis" · Hatem Trabelsi · Majed Abdullah
Ahmed Dokhi · Sidi Abdullahi · Zeinab Badawi · Anwar Sadat
Zakaria Bergdich
Regions with significant populations
Swahili Coast, Sudan, Mauritania
Varieties of Arabic
Related ethnic groups
Afro-Iranian, Al-Akhdam

Afro-Arabs are individuals and groups from Africa who are of partial Arab descent. Most Afro-Arabs inhabit the Swahili Coast in the African Great Lakes region as well as Sudan and Mauritania, although some can also be found in other parts of the Arab world.[1][2]

"Afro-Arab" may also refer to the African Union's efforts to improve cooperation between nations inside of Africa and the Arab world.[3]


In Eastern Arabia's Arab states of the Persian Gulf, descendants of people from the Swahili Coast perform traditional Liwa and Fann At-Tanbura music and dance.[4][5] The mizmar is also performed by Afro-Arabs in the Tihamah and Hejaz regions of Saudi Arabia.[citation needed]

In addition, Stambali of Tunisia and Gnawa music of Morocco are both ritual music and dances, which in part trace their origins to West African musical styles.

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  1. ^ Romero, Patricia W. (1997). Lamu. Markus Wiener. p. 7. ISBN 1558761063. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Gunnar M Ahmad Abdel Ghaffar Muhammad Chr Michelsens Institutt (2013). Sudan Divided: Continuing Conflict in a Contested State. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 90. ISBN 1137338245. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Sarah Grainger, Uganda celebrates Afro-Arab unity, BBC News, March 13, 2008
  4. ^ Africans in the Arabian Gulf, Afropop Worldwide.
  5. ^ Poul Rovsing Olsen, "La Musique Africaine dans le Golfe Persique", Journal of the International Folk Music Council, Vol. 19, (1967), pp. 28-36

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