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Arabs and Persians; Shiites and Sunnis: More Complicated Than You Might Think

By Martin W. Lewis | October 25, 2011 | 17 Comments
Language Map of Persian/Arabic Gulf from Muturzikin

Uninformed voices in the United States commonly refer to Iran as an “Arab country”—a fundamental error committed even by outlets as respectable as Slate magazine. Few Americans grasp the lines of division between Arab and Persian (or Iranian) culture and society. Iranian-Americans emphasize the distinction; calling a person of Iranian heritage an Arab is likely

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