Do Iranians and Arabs look alike?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 18, 2020 05:24 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 18, 2020 05:24 AM

Thanks for A2A.

First, there are many Arabic countries, each of which could have their own looking. For example Syria, Egypt, Arabia, Yemen, Morocco could have different looking. However, they may share a common looking too.

For example these are Syrians:


You can see many children and adults with light hair and eyes.


I am not sure, but I have heard that big nose is common among some Arabs, however it can be found in some other Middle East and Caucasus regions too.

These are some Yemenis. I haven’t noticed that Yemenis could have so black eyes! and apparently some have dark brown hairs.

In some regions Arabs have been mixed with Africans:

They are more dark, because they have mixed with Some Africans, and also because of the harsh climate.

The original Arabs were from Arabia and Yemen. They could be close to other Semitic people (Jews, …). Genetically speaking, many Middle Easterners are the mix of indigenous Middle Easterners (Neolithic farmers, about 10,000 or more years ago), Blacks (in regions close to the Africa, and places that practiced slavery, like Arabia, Iraq, …), and Indo-Europeans (Iranic people (Kurds, Persians, …), Greeks, etc.) in Syria, Iran, Turkey and Turkic people (Mostly in Turkey).

“J1” haplogroup is common among Arabs (Especially in Arabia and Iraq):

It is interesting that J1 also can be found in Caucasus regions, dating back to thousands years ago. They could be some ancient farmers, probably with white-skins, who were pushed to southern parts of Arabia by some other groups (e.g. Hittites, Assyrians, …).

Iranians ethno-linguistically are Indo-European people. It means their ethnicity and language is close to Indians, Slavs, Germans, …. However, genetically, they are the mix of Neolithic farmers (indigenous people of Iran before Iranian people came to the region about 3000 years ago) and Iranian people from Central Asia (refer to Iranian peoples – Wikipedia).

It’s a map that shows the people who have shared ancestry (neolithic farmers) with present Iranians (Including Mediterranean and Balkan countries, and some Middle Eastern countries). As you see it covers a vast region of Iran, Central Asia, Turkey and South of Europe. It is interesting that the percentage of this haplogroup is very low in many Arabic countries:

The Indo-European ancestory (probably R1a haplogroup) of Iranians, and some Arabic countries (like Iraq and Syria) can be seen in this map. It is also common in the whole Europe and India.

So, this allows Iranians to have a diverse looking from pale ones with light features to darker people with dark feature (However, we should consider the climate too). Some are close to other Middle East countries (like Turkey, or Iraq, and Caucasus region), some close to some Arabic countries, and some close to Indians, … In general, I can say majority of Iranians are the average of these and they are close to Mediterranean countries.

Also people who look like North Europeans can be found in Iran, and probably in some Arab countries like Syria, Lebanon or North of Africa. However, such people are indigenous of Iran from at least 3000 years ago, and they didn’t come from somewhere recently.

They are not some odd and marginalized people. Most Iranians are in a spectrum of these features, while they have a common Iranian looking.

In some southern part of Iran, one can find people who are mix of Iranians and Africans:

The first man from left, and his son from right.

^ Iran’s women volleyball team selected from across the country.

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