Bedouin, derived from the Arabic “badawi”, a generic name for a desert-dweller, is a term generally applied to Arab nomadic groups, who are found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara via the Western…
The origin of the name Druze is usually traced to Muhammad al-Darazi, an early messenger of the community. The Druze call themselves Ahl al-Tawhīd or al-muwahhidūn, “the People of Monotheism”.
The Circassians, comprising some 3.000 people concentrated in two Galilean villages, are Sunni Muslims, although they share neither the Arab origin nor the cultural background of the larger Islamic community.
Roughly 25% of the children born in Israel today are muslim, and as result, Israel’s muslim population is mostly young: 42% of muslims are children under the age of 15, compared with 26% of the jewish population.
Christian israeli arabs comprise about 9% of the israeli arab population, and reside mostly in the north, Nazareth having the largest christian arab population. Christians are about one hundred forty thousand.