group of people, culture and languages in Middle East
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Map showing the distribution of Semitic languages

The Semites are a group of people that live in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. They include Jews, Arabs, and other ethnic groups.

We only know about their origin from the history of the semitic languages. The earliest proved history of any Semitic people is from 30th century BC Mesopotamia. The East Semitic Akkadian-speaking peoples of the Kish civilization,[1][2] entered the region which had been dominated by the non-Semitic Sumerians.

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  1. Lucy Wyatt. Approaching chaos: could an ancient archetype save 21st century ivilization?. p. 120.
  2. Donald P. Hansen, Erica Ehrenberg. Leaving no stones unturned: essays on the ancient Near East and Egypt in honor of Donald P. Hansen. p. 133.