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Title: Afro-Arab  
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Subject: Ghanaian Arabs, Afro-Iranian, Africans in Sri Lanka, Arab diaspora, Afro-Iraqi
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السود العرب

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
Regions with significant populations
Swahili Coast, Sudan
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, 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 in Africa and the Arab world.[3]


  • Culture 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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.

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.

See also


  1. ^ Romero, Patricia W. (1997). Lamu. Markus Wiener. p. 7.  
  2. ^ Gunnar M Ahmad Abdel Ghaffar Muhammad Chr Michelsens Institutt (2013). Sudan Divided: Continuing Conflict in a Contested State. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 90.  
  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

External links

  • Arab Slave Trade Afo-Arab relations and the Arab Slave Trade
  • "Black Africans in (Arab) West Asia" - a cited essay
  • Prof. Helmi Sharawy, Arab Culture and African Culture: ambiguous relations, paper extracted from the book The Dialogue between the Arab culture and other cultures', Arab League, Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO), Tunis, 1999.
  • Africans in the Arabian Gulf, Afropop Worldwide
  • Resolution on Afro-arab Co-operation of The Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity, 23, February 23–28, 1987.
  • African Union/league of Arab States Inter-secretariat Consultative Meeting On Afro-arab Cooperation, Addis Ababa: 10–12 May 2005.
  • Maho M. Sebiane, « Le statut socio-économique de la pratique musicale aux Émirats arabes unis : la tradition du leiwah à Dubai », Chroniques yéménites, 14, 2007.[1].
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