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Arab people, also known as Arabs, are a panethnicity primarily living in the Arab world, which is located in Western Asia and North Africa. They are identified as such on one or more of genealogical, linguistic, or cultural grounds, with tribal affiliations, and intra-tribal relationships playing an important part of Arab identity. The word "Arab" has had several different, but overlapping, meanings over the centuries. In addition to including all Arabized people of the world, it has also at times been used exclusively for bedouin. It is sometimes used that way colloquially even today in some places. Townspeople once were sometimes called "sons of the Arabs." As in the case of other ethnicities or nations, people identify themselves as "Arabs" to varying degrees. This may not be one's primary identity, and whether it is emphasized may depend upon one's audience. (via Freebase)