Many Arab citizens of Israel self-identify as Palestinian and commonly self-designate themselves as Palestinian citizens of Israel or Israeli Palestinians. This name refers to the fact that after the Nakba , these are the Palestinians that remained within Israel's borders. The traditional vernacular of most Arab citizens, irrespective of religion, is Levantine Arabic , including Lebanese Arabic in northern Israel, Palestinian dialect of Arabic in central Israel and Bedouin dialects across the Negev desert; having absorbed many Hebrew loanwords and phrases, the modern dialect of Arab citizens of Israel is defined by some as the Israeli Arabic dialect. By religious affiliation , most are Muslim , particularly of the Sunni branch of Islam. There is a significant Arab Christian minority from various denominations as well as the Druze , among other religious communities.
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Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has contributed to its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. The earliest evidence of civilization in Lebanon dates back more than seven thousand years, predating recorded history. In 64 BC, the Roman Empire conquered the region, and eventually became one of its leading centers of Christianity. As the Arab Muslims conquered the region, the Maronites held onto their religion and identity. However, a new religious group, the Druze , established themselves in Mount Lebanon as well, generating a religious divide that has lasted for centuries. During the Crusades , the Maronites re-established contact with the Roman Catholic Church and asserted their communion with Rome. These ties have influenced the region into the modern era.
The Epistles of Wisdom is the foundational text of the Druze faith. Even though the faith originally developed out of Isma'ilism , Druze do not identify as Muslims. The Druze community played a critically important role in shaping the history of the Levant , where it continues to play a significant political role.
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