Arabs in Italy

Arabs in Italy
Arabi in Italia
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Flag of Lombardy.svg Lombardy, Flag of Piedmont.svg Piedmont, Flag of Lazio.svg Lazio, Flag of Liguria.svg Liguria, Flag of Tuscany.svg Tuscany
Arabic and Italian
Islam and Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Arab people, Arab diaspora, Arab Americans, Arab Argentine, Arab Brazilian, Arab Canadians, Arab Mexican

Arabs in Italy (Italian: Arabi in Italia, Arabic: عرب إيطاليا‎) recently expatriates from a range of Arab countries, particularly Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Eritrea, Palestine, and Iraq, and also small groups from Jordan and Sudan. As a result of mixed marriages and naturalization, the category includes many Italian nationals and second-generation children of expatriates.


In the 9th century AD Arabs settled in mass on the Island of Sicily and formed the independent Islamic Emirate of Sicily[2]. During this period there were several attempts to invade the mainland one of the most notable examples of this was the Emirate of Bari.[3] Arabs have significantly impacted the genetics of the Island of Sicily as well as neighboring areas.[4]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Dati ISTAT 2016, counting only immigrants from the Arab world. "Cittadini stranieri in Italia - 2016". tuttitalia.it.
  2. ^ Metcalfe, Alex (2009-09-17). Muslims of Medieval Italy. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0-7486-2911-4.
  3. ^ Bondioli, Lorenzo M. (2018-12-12). "Islamic Bari between the Aghlabids and the Two Empires". The Aghlabids and their Neighbors: 470–490. doi:10.1163/9789004356047_024.
  4. ^ Rickards, Olga; Biondi, Gianfranco; Stefano, Gian Franco De; Vecchi, Francesco; Walter, Hubert (1992). "Genetic structure of the population of Sicily". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 87 (4): 395–406. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330870403. ISSN 1096-8644.

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