Arab Press Says Most of Iraq’s Oppressed Blacks are Ka’ab and Qays Arabs…

ARAB PRESS SAYS MOST OF IRAQ’S OPPRESSED BLACKS ARE KA’AB AND QAYS ARABS WHILE A MINORITY DESCEND FROM ZANJ

In 2008 the Arab Press released an article (see below) claiming that of the 300,000 “blacks” facing color discrimination in southern Iraq 200,000 or 2/3rd of Iraq were Arabs of Muntafiq or Uqayl bin Ka’ab tribes whose ancestors left Central Arabia after the 9th century. And that some of the blacks of both of the more populous Arabian tribes and East African descended (Zanj) population like the current vice president ancestors have been intermarrying with fairer-skinned Iraqis over the last few generations in order to avoid discrimination. The article provides an example of how the last remnants of the early Arabs submerged and subjected throughout the Middle East have lost their original appearance and how and why they are still integrating into the fairer-skinned populations around them.

Here is part of the article entitled “Iraq’s Blacks”, copyrighted 2008 by Arab Press Service:

“There are two main categories of blacks in Iraq, mostly in the south, who total about 300,000: those of East African origin, numbering around 100,000; and those of who are Arab and originate from the Hejaz, claiming to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad, who moved to this country mostly in the 1750s and 1980s. The latter are mostly from the Muntafek tribe to which ‘Abdul-Mahdi belongs. But both groups used to be far more numerous in the past centuries, many of them having inter-married with the locals and thus the colour of their skin has since been changed, though most remain darker than other Iraqis as in the case of ‘Abdul-Mahdi. …

‘Abdul-Mahdi’s ancestor from the Muntafek, Shaikh Nasser al-Sa’doun, founded a town in the south – Nasseriya – and this has since become a fairly large city with a big part of its inhabitants remaining Sunni Arab.”

In 1881, Rawlinsons noted the Muntafek and its progenitor tribe of Ka’ab as possessing the complexion of Galla, Abyssinians (Ethiopians) and asserts, “The Cha’ab Arabs, the present possessors of the more southern parts of Babylonia are nearly black and the ‘black Syrians’ of whom Strabo speaks seem to represent the Babylonians.” (See The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World: Or, The History, Geography, and Antiquites of Chaldea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, and Persia, Vol. II)

ARAB PRESS SAYS MOST OF IRAQ’S OPPRESSED BLACKS ARE KA’AB AND QAYS ARABS WHILE A MINORITY DESCEND FROM ZANJ

In 2008 the Arab Press released an article (see below) claiming that of the 300,000 “blacks” facing color discrimination in southern Iraq 200,000 or 2/3rd of Iraq were Arabs of Muntafiq or Uqayl bin Ka’ab tribes whose ancestors left Central Arabia after the 9th century. And that some of the blacks of both of the more populous Arabian tribes and East African descended (Zanj) population like the current vice president ancestors have been intermarrying with fairer-skinned Iraqis over the last few generations in order to avoid discrimination. The article provides an example of how the last remnants of the early Arabs submerged and subjected throughout the Middle East have lost their original appearance and how and why they are still integrating into the fairer-skinned populations around them.

Here is part of the article entitled “Iraq’s Blacks”, copyrighted 2008 by Arab Press Service:

“There are two main categories of blacks in Iraq, mostly in the south, who total about 300,000: those of East African origin, numbering around 100,000; and those of who are Arab and originate from the Hejaz, claiming to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad, who moved to this country mostly in the 1750s and 1980s. The latter are mostly from the Muntafek tribe to which ‘Abdul-Mahdi belongs. But both groups used to be far more numerous in the past centuries, many of them having inter-married with the locals and thus the colour of their skin has since been changed, though most remain darker than other Iraqis as in the case of ‘Abdul-Mahdi. …

‘Abdul-Mahdi’s ancestor from the Muntafek, Shaikh Nasser al-Sa’doun, founded a town in the south – Nasseriya – and this has since become a fairly large city with a big part of its inhabitants remaining Sunni Arab.”

In 1881, Rawlinsons noted the Muntafek and its progenitor tribe of Ka’ab as possessing the complexion of Galla, Abyssinians (Ethiopians) and asserts, “The Cha’ab Arabs, the present possessors of the more southern parts of Babylonia are nearly black and the ‘black Syrians’ of whom Strabo speaks seem to represent the Babylonians.” (See The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World: Or, The History, Geography, and Antiquites of Chaldea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, and Persia, Vol. II)

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