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They include ‘Aad, Thamud, Tasm, Jadis, Imlaq and others. 'Aad and Thamud perished because of their decadence, as recorded in the Qur'an.
Archaeologists have recently uncovered inscriptions that contain references to 'Iram, which was a major city of the 'Aad.
Arab tribes, most notably the Ghassanids and Lakhmids begin to appear in the south Syrian deserts and southern Jordan from the mid 3rd century CE onwards, during the mid to later stages of the Roman Empire and Sasanian Empire.
Today, the main unifying characteristic among Arabs is Arabic, a Central Semitic language from the Afroasiatic language family.
Modern Standard Arabic serves as the standardized and literary variety of Arabic used in writing.
In Biblical etymology, "Arab" (in Hebrew Arvi ) comes both from the desert origin of the Bedouins it originally described (Arava means wilderness).
The root ʿ-r-b has several additional meanings in Semitic languages—including "west/sunset," "desert," "mingle," "mixed," "merchant," and "raven"—and are "comprehensible" with all of these having varying degrees of relevance to the emergence of the name.
It is also possible that some forms were metathetical from Arab identity is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the spread of Islam, with historically attested Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes.