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Are Jews of Arab or Muslim descent?

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No. Jews and Arabs are different peoples, although both are Semitic.

Muslims are followers of Islam, which is a religion; Muslims can be of any race, ethnicity, descent, etc.


God and Allah are different names for the same deity. Jews originating from the Middle East are of the same semitic bloodline as Arabs. Jews too can be of different races as witness the Ethiopian Jews who migrated to modern Israel.

There are similarities betwen the two religions also. For example, the Halaal procedure of preparing and slaughtering animals is very like the Kosher method that is used by Jews. Also, neither Jews or Arabs eat pork as it is considered `unfit`.

Also, note that while "Jew" can refer to either the ethnic group or the religious affiliation (or both), "Muslim" is ONLY a religious affiliation, and NOT a racial or ethnic group. So, it is incorrect to say someone is of "Muslim descent" - that is, there is no "Muslim" race, so no one can be of "Muslim descent".


Muslim faith teaches that everyone is born Muslim and that those who do not recognize affiliation and practice the faith have strayed.

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No, but they are not unrelated.

Tradition states that both Jews and Arabs are the descendants of Abraham; the Jews through Isaac and Arabs through Ishmael (see Genesis ch.21 and 25).

While it is true that converts have joined Judaism, DNA analysis has shown that Jewish communities the world over are all related. Remarkably closely.

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