Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

National Geographic: Iranian natives’ genetic makeup is 56 percent Arabian!

A surprising discovery by National Geographic shows that an Iranian native’s genetic makeup is 56 percent Arabian!

National Geographic’s Genographic Project, launched in 2005, has listed a group of reference populations, where the typical national of each country is described according to genetic makeup. These are based on hundreds of DNA samples and advanced DNA analysis.

The Geographic project has compared a person DNA results to the averages from each of 43 reference populations it currently has in its database and estimated which of these populations were most similar to that person in terms of the genetic markers.

According to its findings, natives of Iran have a strange genetic composition.

Typically, an Iranian native’s genetic composition is 56 percent Arabian , 4 percent Eastern Africa, 2 percent Northern Africa, 4 percent Central Asia, 6 percent Asia Minor and 2 percent from Southern Europe and Southern Asia each (According to Geographic Project).


An Iranian native’s genetic composition (SOURCE: National Geographic)

Regarding an Iranian native’s genetic makeup, Genographic Project has said:

‘This reference population is based on native Iranians. As some ancient populations migrated from Africa, they passed first through southwestern Asia en route to the rest of Eurasia. Some populations stayed in the Middle East and southwest Asia, over time developing unique genetic patterns. The large Arabian and Southern Asia components found in our reference Iranian population reflect these ancient patterns. The Asia Minor and Central Asia components likely arrived via the migrations of groups originating in those regions farther north, such as the Turks and Mongols. The Silk Road also may have served to disperse Asian genetic patterns farther south and west.’



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  1. Anonymous

    January 17, 2017 at 3:04 am

    There are several problems with this study. Firstly, National Geographic does not provide adequate technical details about the way this study was conducted, which casts serious doubt on the scientific integrity of the study. Secondly, I assume the result is taken either from Iranians outside Iran (which further clouds the integrity of the study) or only from a small test sample of the Iranian population from unspecified regions in Iran, which means that the claim that Iranians are “typically %56 Arabian” is a nonsensical sweeping generalization. Thirdly, it’s quite absurd to attach ethnic labels to genes, as in the case of the so-called “Arabian” gene; one reason being that these genes had mutated thousands of years before “Arabian” was even a thing. So in actual fact being %56 “Arabian” does not mean being a half Arab; it just means that a person has a lot of genes inherited from the homo sapiens who settled in this region right after they migrated out of Africa. Lastly, National Geographic is pro-Arab and smells of Arab money, considering how they have shamefully changed the name of the Persian Gulf into “Arabian Gulf” in their atlases.

  2. Amir

    January 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Follow the trail of money given to National Geographic, then you find out who is-was behind this non- sense. I know I am not Arab, Are you? Not, you are not, then who is Arabian, I guess the guy who wrote the article had some shuts of something. Maybe, some extra money, or maybe, politics, since some guy that soon takes over some big organization in a country ( on the paper big – of course). Well I know I am not 56 percent Arabian. Are you? Not!

  3. Sepehr

    February 13, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I wonder how much money it costs Saudis to make others make up such huge lies. Shame on you for sharing this false study!

  4. BL

    February 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Saudi/Zionist propaganda. Try harder next time.

    • Khosro firouzi

      May 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      2500 years of history .we children of freydun can not be broken by a national geographic.who knows we may rise few century from now .sprit of cyrus lives among farsi speakers in this country. In quran kahaf soreh indicates zolgharnain went until he riched the place of sunset he found sun sets in a river. Since the distance of earth is closer to sun during winter there are 365 days and 365 different places of sunset.therefore quran is not the voice of god. Zolgharnain is cyrus.

      • Khosro

        November 23, 2018 at 9:14 pm

        365 different places of sunset to every given origin

      • Khosro

        January 16, 2019 at 6:44 am

        Instead of spirit I wrote spirt.Could you cortect that for me.Line 3.

  5. KV

    February 25, 2017 at 4:06 am

    This so called study has more flaws than can be counted.

    This obsession with all things Arab is on par with that which some white people, as well as the Kardashians, have with everything African American.

  6. Human Irandoost

    April 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    It is mostly another project in “arabizing” every thing related to Persians. this time surprisingly their genetics. LoL
    I guess a scientific study needs some details about number of samples, from where they are taken, and …

    Dear natioi! next time more decorated plz

  7. NFK

    April 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    They don’t know what else do to label everything in order to allow them legitimacy for unlawful appropriation…Of course, the source of financing of this study is not difficult to guess. True and accurate genetic studies regarding the native Iranians/Iranic people have been conducted over the centuries, libraries and universities, as well as Foundations around the world are filled with them, including German, UK, French, and South Asian scientists and the genetic pattern are so clear that even the Horrible Nazi regime did make attempts to count on a potential Persian alliance to support their “genetic cause”. Thankfully, true native Iranic noble people are noble and do not buy into the genetic superiority discourse set forward by the Nazis. Also, agree that there is no such a thing as an Arabic gene!! Pure nonsense, to justify an unlawful invasion/appropriation?? Hopefully, this inferiority complex from neighboring countries will someday cease so we can all coexist in peace.

    • Leo Lucas

      April 18, 2017 at 2:47 am

      “the genetic pattern are so clear that even the Horrible Nazi regime did make attempts to count on a potential Persian alliance”

      Do you mean Hitler already knew DNA analysis?

      • Khosro firouzi

        May 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        Mr lucas these kind of statements results in these kind of dna results. There are good arians and bad arians. Just becouse of hitler far from iran and its proud history we do not deserve this.

    • Adam

      May 8, 2017 at 10:37 am

      No. Genetic studies have certainly not be done over centuriea. In fact dna was discovered in 20th century and autosomal studies have been done in last 35 years.

  8. Miz

    May 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    We might as well accept the fact that the Arabs not only forced their religion upon us… that they also pumped their genes into our population.

  9. reza parsi

    May 30, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    hey guys i just checked the original genographic website and found the real results there , and to alarabiya fanboys surprise there is no such thing as an ” arabic gene ” in the whole population of iran , please note that al_arabiya news is funded by saudi arabs so there’s no value to what they publish about iranians ; in advance i advice you to be more picky about iran’s enemies propaganda

    • aaaaa

      June 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Great job! Yes, this is completely different information indeed!!!!!

  10. Eng Khaled

    May 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Thats dos’t make sense, Since Arab are much more smarter based on the average IQ ranking per country, Kuwaitis 86 and Iranian are just 82, So i guess because of the 46% who is mixed Turkish and Kurds and persians, I was shocked we live way better life standard than iranian, We have better economy better education system and we see iranians works in our streets and for sure we have better history we rule iran and the world for hundred of years from China to Spain, But thats show us that iran should be back to its golden age as early Islamic when it was under Ummyed rule, Still Khamenie is Arab but he is for sure a jewish puppet that why he support terrorism around meddle east, And how stupid you be to say Saudi Arabia pay money to National geographic LoL Do you think they are as poor as you to take money for study and risk there reputation !! No wonder you guys have low IQ and low human development ranking comparing with Kuwait and UAE and Saudi Arabia !!

    Hope soon Iran will be back to golden age and rise again under Arabs wings as its use to be, Lets say InshaaAllah, Greeting to you all

    • Maryam Majobi

      September 25, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Not true. Learn some history, after islamic expansion most if not all of the great “Arab” scientists, mathmeticians and doctors were mostly Persian or Jewish or both, Arabs were only good at warfare and nothing more.

    • Sia Kolp

      March 15, 2018 at 1:51 am

      Haha,Arabian scum think there something!

    • Adrian

      December 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Lol. You arabs are under american wings and that’s why you are developing and now you say we shall come under your wings??
      Those golden days you said is because of iranian scientists
      Go and read history and you will find out who has better history
      When you were a poor tribe, we were a big empire
      So don’t tell joke please

    • Pouria

      February 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

      You are an idiot , Arabs were savages and by raping us and introducing Islam they tirned us into child fucking, cousin fucking savages to .

  11. A gay Iranian.

    June 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    National Geo. Is a joke they fucked the DNA results of all nations. Zionist cucks.

  12. A gay Iranian.

    June 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Eng Khalid piss off you HASBARA troll.

  13. Problem

    June 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    If this prominent company is willing to make such a big fuck up what makes you think 23&me, Ancestry DNA etc. aren’t willing to do it aswell?

  14. Koroush e ashkan

    June 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    This genetic study is false garbage. Arab isnt even a real race as its an ethnicity based on language, not genetics.

    Here are the actual results on Iranian genetics:

    Note that we got mostly mediteranian due to Iranics and Mediterraneans being similar in racial makeup and stock.

  15. Pedram

    June 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    It’s not a fact neither you can refute that easily. There are lots of so-called “Sa’adat”s living in Iran who hold necessarily arabic genes. Beside this, we had multiple mass exodus of people moving between the peninsula and the Iranian plateau, so the Nat-Geo actually has a point. But the number 56%, is seemingly something of exaggeration or lack of statistically enough samples.

    • Kourosh

      July 11, 2017 at 2:34 am

      Unfortunately, there has been a miscommunication here, the information provided here, refer to the percentage similarities between races.

      The base population is not specified (they could be Iraqi), nor is the Iranian population being compared (they could be Arabhāye) and lastly, the information provided does not reflect ethnicity but rather genetic flow, which is present in everyone vis a vie the Out of Africa migration!

  16. Armin

    July 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Lol, Saudis trying to re-write history:D Who believes in this bullshit?
    And “” is a Saudi funded page

  17. mehdi

    July 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Which university confirms your studi.
    It is lie
    all lie
    Iranian are similar to Iranian
    not Arabian

  18. Parafarne

    July 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Shame to genographic project, shame to Wells who publish their personal ideas using NGC platform! its completley untrue.

  19. Parafarne

    July 29, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Wells himself is a neo-nazi racist and want to use NGC platform to destroy other nations! he should be fired from Genographic project.

  20. reza parsi

    October 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Arabian peninsula’s main haplogroup is “J1” :

    while iranian, kurdish and azerbaijani, and anatolian main haplogroup is “J2” : ( look it up )

    Also The word semetic itself is nothing but a biblical term refering to arabs and jews, and can not be considered as a race, nor have a genetic marker of it’s own;
    the same goes for the word arab, arab is an ethno-lintuestic ethnicity not a racial group.
    not to mention that inhabitants of the arabian peninsula themselves are also mixed as hell and maybe that’s why there’s no data about them available in this study, strange, don’t you think !?
    Thus there is no genetic marker for being “arab” too. ( except maybe that “J1” haplogroup which is the main arabian peninsula haplogroup ).

    so i guess this study is about xomparing the “genetic similariteis” between middle easterners and falsely or maybe intentionaly lables all the people who have the “J2” ( is a lot different than arabian “J1” ) haplogroup as “arabs” ( again the main haplogroup of the arabian peninsulan arabs’ haplogroup is “J1”, on the other hand, unlike the iranian plateu, anatolia and azerbaijan, there is a very little “J2″ distribution in the arabian peninsula, look it up ).

    So what does it mean to be arab after all !?
    Is it about the genetic haplogroup, language, identity, Culture or history !?
    If the genetic haplogroup is the case here, then you can always check some non-arabic funded websites ( note that national genography’s headquarters is the UAE : the same arabic country that tries so hard to change the historic name of the persian gulf to arabian by her bribes ) and see for yourself that the main haplogroup of the arabian peninsula is ” J1 ” while the main haplo group of azerbaijan, iran, anatolia and the kurdish regions are ” J2 “, therefore i think this new bribery by the saudis ( the same people who have bribed the UN and got their country saudi arabia, which is famous for abusing women’s rights, in the women rights commission of the UN!!! Lol ) won’t work again, and this new ” discovery by their oil money ” will get debunked soon enough, Mark my words 😉

    beside of that, there is a genetic study by the BBC channel conducted on the remains of the ancient iranian population ( prior to the first persian empire ) available that proves modern iranian genetics is identical with that of their ancestors and the arabian invasion ( with their “J1” haplogroup has had very few amounts of effect on only south western iran ( khouzestan and boushehr provinces where we have about 1 milion ethnic arabs living there ) nowhere else :

    acording to this study, ancient iranians were not related to blue eyed blondes aka nazis of europe in the first place, and their genetics is identical with that of modern iranians.
    also acording to eupedia and other non-arab funded sources, “J1” aka the arabian haplogroup admixture of modern population of iran is only about 8.5% not 56% !!
    Anyways sorry to burst your bubble, but based on these facts i’ve mentioned above, persians are still persians and wether you arabs like it or not, we have our own civilization, identity, history, language, cultural values, haplogroup and genetics, persian celebartions, traditional sports and festivals etc; and that’s exactly what being a persian means!!!
    Always Keep in mind it was these persians who offered the world the islamic golden age, infact the so called islamic golden age was literaly persian ( 80% of the scientists were ethnic persians ) and the arabian invaders nor their dark cult of islam had nothing to do with it!!

    also it might be worthy of mention that acording to wikipedia the word “aryan” is a title for ancient indo-iranians, it’s not a race and there is no historical clue found of usage of this iranian title by the so called proto
    As i said acording to wikipedia, The first use of this title was by these non-european iranians with their J2 ( not arabian J1 ) haplogroup.
    In other words aryan = iranian.
    thus : “persians are not arabs for the same reason that J2 is not J1!!”
    And the haters of arabia with their easy earned oil money can’t do Anything about scientific/genetic facts!!
    this report is only about playing with non-scientific words.
    no matter how much money our haters spend on changing our identity, BUT the only thing that matters for us is the fact that persian gulf will remain persian for ever !!!

  21. Chad

    October 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Its funny how Nat Geo spews all of this BS Misinformation, someone (Most Likely the Saudis) want a certain Image, to say that these people have only a 6% Genetic makeup of African bloos is a complete crock of BS, Ive gone to these countries and seen the people up close and personal, you can CLEARLY see the African Influence in the people, when you go anywhere Public if you see 20 people at least 9 of them have Dark skin and the Kinky Curley hair of a person of African roots as well as physical features, there is no way in Hell the folks of Iran, Palestine, Dubai, Saudi Arabia etc are of only 6% African DNA, even White People in the United States that are blonde haired blue eyed have shown to have 4%+ of African Blood…all this Propaganda is Shameful!

  22. reza parsi

    November 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Saudi arabian national football team : ( note that real arabs are the arabian peninsulan arabs not the arabized lebanese, syrians, algerians nor morrocans )

    Iranian national football team : ( note that persians make up around 70% of the iranian population )

    The main arabian peninsulan haplogroup is “J1”, which is less than 8.5% in iran ( according to wikipedia : iranian people )

    Map of J1 distribution :

    On the other hand, The main iranian, persian, kurdish, azeri, anatolian and greek haplogroup is j2,
    Map of the J2 distribution :

    So dear “real iran”, By publishing this piece of arabian propaganda which is made by the easy earned petrodollars, you are only disrespecting your followers and helping iran’s historic enemies to execute their plans.
    This kind of acts are products of the arabian inferiority complexes toward the noble and historic nation of iran, and by publishing it in your website you are literally backstabing your own people.
    So I really feel sorry for your kind and who ever who believes in this worthless propaganda which does not provide any detail about how they conducted this research, on how many people !?
    In which iranian region !? ( since we have about 1.5 million arabs mainly living in southern iran around the southern coasts of the persian gulf )
    And what is their genetic markers!? etc.
    Just take a look at real arabs ( peninsulan arabs ) and see for yourselves;
    Claiming iranians are similar to peninsulan arabs ( real arabs ) is like calling french people russian!
    Or spanish people german! Which is completely wrong, stupid and hilarious!

  23. Reza Shah

    February 11, 2018 at 8:14 am

    What a nonsense coming from national geographic itself never once did I see the mention of Iranians being Indo-europeans the original aryans where is the proto Indo-European migrations to the Iranian plateau and south asia? Are they not aware that Persians derived from the Pontiac Caspian steppe and into the region and formed the greatest civilization and Empire at the time other races where still living in caves and mud huts? None of them migrated from north africa or arabia, those who came from africans where arabs and mongols, they where not a race at the time proto indo europeans migrated therfore purely false, its true modern peoples of the middle east and caucuses share some arabian dna from days of the arab islamic invasion of Persia but the amount of mongol, turk and arab wont even assimilate into less that 5 percent of the modern Iranian gene pool amounts very on foreign ethnic origins living in certain parts inside and along Irans borders historically and traditionally these races would mix and spread into the public this shows the vast geologically position of Iran on the map being the forefront of raids and neighboring warfare. Maybe have a genealogist or historian post on your behalf because with this media style one sentence headline it seems like saudi arabian funded uneducated joke to insult to all Iranians.

  24. Robert

    February 21, 2018 at 6:12 am

    This is an Iranian government funded sites that wants to create this lie, which is completely opposed to the fact that most Iranians are from Caucus gene pool. Also, the so called Arabian gene is not really Arabian because it is shared with the Iraqis who in turn are more similar to Iranians genetically than the Saudis. It is actually the gene that existed in Iran even before the Arabs came.

  25. jpz

    March 4, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    What a load of nonsense! I’ve never come across such a study. Iranains are an extension of the Caucaus populations.

  26. Bailey

    September 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Eng Khaled claims that Arabs are intellectually superior to Iranians??? 1). Get real Ali baba- if it wasn’t for the oil money, you dessert dwelling lizard eating Arab savages would still be riding your camels and drinking your camel milk in your desert journeys;

    2). Arabs have consistently shown by their barbarian behavior, that they are inferior savages. Hint hint Ali Baba, you savage lizard eating Arabs are the only breed that still behead people for disagreeing with your idiotic Islam,

    3). You rag heads are the breed that blows themselves up killing women and children, and yet this stupid lizard eating Eng Khaled is under the delusion that Arabs have higher IQ??? You have been in the sun too long Ali baba, now go blow up more women and children in name of your Allah.

  27. Largo Caballero

    September 12, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Whoever wrote this actually manipulated the original study. Follow the link and you will see that nowhere does it say %56 “Arabian” . It says %56 South West Asian. Not that there is anything wrong with Arabs, but this guy is obviously semi-literate as there is no such thing as “Arabian” people or genetic makeup and south west Asia is not solely Arab. There were Elamites, Hittites and others who were non-semetic but rather Indo-European people and in fact a recent genetic study of the population in Iran has determined that %98 of the genetic makeup is from the original Elam region which is in South Western present day Iran. I suggest the author does some research and refrain from manipulating such studies which seem to be none too scientific to begin with. Apologies to any “Arabian” people if they feel offended by some comments here. Iranians seem to be sensitive about being called Arabs, partly Arab and specially “Arabian” which is a term referred to a beautiful North African breed of horses

  28. reza f

    March 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    i dunno where this bullshit comes from
    first off all being “arab” is an ethnicity not a gene
    second , if you check NatGEO graphic you never find such thing
    look at it :
    iranians are :
    42 % meditranian
    42 % south western asian
    8 % northern eroupian
    5 % northeast asian
    if some arab countries share some same blood like with this statistic doesn,t mean you can own the gene (speccially the southwestern asian one ) as an”arabian gene ” and steal its name like what you trying to do with persian gulf idiot.

  29. Aryan

    April 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Interesting, as an Iranian I had no idea about this.

  30. A.K

    June 11, 2019 at 9:52 am

    National Geographic is known for its racism and devisive warmoger positions! About Iran it had a lot of problems about Persian Gulf that has changed its name to arabian gulf in the map and also recognizing three Iranian Islands in Persian Gulf as United Arab Emirates Islands ! But at last forced to change them in to true identity
    So its not surprising to publish such things ! The largest haplogroup in Iran is J2 (30-40%) also thats one of the largest halogroups in Greece Italy and Turkey and its orgin is Caucasia

  31. A.k

    June 11, 2019 at 10:09 am

    The main source said 56% southwestren Asia not Arabian
    South west of Asia contains Caucasia that the base of J2 haplogroup that involves 30 to 40% of Iranian genetics ! Also its one of largest Haplogroups in Italy and Greece ! So the writer used to recognize all Middle eastren genetical groups even Mediterranean genetical groups as ARABIAN !

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