Ancient Arabia was an extensive region in southwest Asia. It was bounded on the west by the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea, on the south by the Indian Ocean, and on the east by the Persian Gulf and the Euphrates. It extended into the north in barren deserts, meeting those of Syria and Mesopotamia. It is one of the few countries of the world from which the original inhabitants have never been expelled.
The whole land appears (Genesis 10) to have been inhabited by a variety of tribes of different lineage, Ishmaelites, Arabians, Idumeans, Horites, and Edomites. They eventually became amalgamated and came to be known by the general designation of Arabs.
In ancient times, Arabia was divided into three parts:
Arabia Felix (Happy Arabia)—so called from its fertility, between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf
Arabia Deserta—the el-Badieh or “Great Wilderness” of the Arabs
From this name is derived the name by which the nomadic tribes who wandered this region are known, the “Bedaween,” or, more generally, “Bedouin.”
It consisted of all the northwest portion of the country.
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