See also: The Antisemitism of Ernest Renan
This is a chapter from the expanded second edition of "The Prophet of Islām" which is as yet unpublished.
A Semite is defined by most dictionaries as a member of a group of people originally of southwestern Asia which includes Arabs and Jews. Prophet Muḥammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was Semitic. He descended through Ismāʿīl, the son of Abraham, through Sem, the son of Noah. The Arabs are the largest group of Semitic people and are found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman, Qaṭar, Irāq and Palestine. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, they are the most preserved of Semitic people present today both in race and language.
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This chapter discusses the Semitic character of the Arabs as acknowledged by the Jewish Encyclopedia, Banī Isrāʾīl and the Jews and the issue of anti-semitism that plagues Europe.
See related: A paper by Eran Elhaik, The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Quote: "Our findings support the Khazarian hypothesis depicting a large Near Eastern–Caucasus ancestry along with Southern European, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European ancestries, in agreement with recent studies and oral and written traditions. We conclude that the genome of European Jews is a tapestry of ancient populations including Judaized Khazars, Greco–Roman Jews, Mesopotamian Jews, and Judeans and that their population structure was formed in the Caucasus and the banks of the Volga with roots stretching to Canaan and the banks of the Jordan."