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Members of the Arab League

Guess the countries that are members of the League of Arab States.
Includes one partially-recognized country
Last updated: October 03, 2015
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Country
Algeria
Bahrain
Comoros
Djibouti
Egypt
Iraq
Country
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Mauritania
Morocco
Country
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Sudan
Country
Syria (Syrian Opposition)
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
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level 75
May 12, 2013
A little tricky since only 5-7 of these countries are actually Arab. And one of them is not a country.
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level 16
May 3, 2014
How come only 5-7 are actually Arab countries and one of them is not even a country?!
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level 33
May 5, 2014
Yeah lol go talk to the Arabs about that
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level 54
Dec 31, 2015
It's because by their standards you can be considered an Arab if you speak Arabic, even if you're not an Arab by race.
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level 33
Jan 4, 2016
because palestine isn't a country
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level 59
Nov 12, 2015
I can't even find 5 countries on this list that aren't Arab. Even the ones that aren't, have close ties with the Arab world.
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level 75
Dec 31, 2015
Most of them are countries that speak Arabic. Or some dialect of Arabic, anyway. That doesn't make them Arab in my opinion. Nor in the opinion of anybody who lived in those countries prior to about 1900.
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level 26
Dec 16, 2016
But they are members of the league
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level 75
May 14, 2019
^ indeed they are. Did someone here say they weren't?
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level 46
May 14, 2019
No one who lived in those countries prior to 1900 is still alive so...
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level 75
May 15, 2019
That doesn't mean we don't have access to things that those people wrote, can't make factual observations about them, can't observe that things people today take for granted and treat as common sense are actually recent inventions, and use this knowledge toward noble pursuits like fighting tribalism, or less noble pursuits like starting a conversation because you are bored or noting why some answers on a trivia quiz may be more intuitive than others.
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level 67
Dec 31, 2015
I'm pretty sure that the Arab League gets to decide who it wants to admit as a member country, regardless of Jetpunk's list of 196.
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level 59
Jan 5, 2016
What?! Are you saying the Arab League has no consideration for jetpunk's country list? How rude!
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level 67
May 16, 2019
The Arab League could certainly admit Sealand, Scotland, Santa's North Pole Kingdom, and South Vietnam, if it so chose, and could call all of them countries. Doing so would affect its membership rolls, but would not make any of the non-countries it admitted into countries.
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level 66
Dec 31, 2015
I think you're referring to the Arabian peninsula countries as the 'original' arabs, which is true. However most of the other countries have a dominant arab majority, and it's been that way for centuries. That makes them Arab both by ethnicity, language, and culture, so saying only 5-7 are Arab now isn't true (and sounds rather offensive to most Arabs :P)
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level 75
Dec 31, 2015
It really has not been that way for centuries. These people did not start thinking of themselves as Arab until much more recently than that. They spoke dialects of Arabic, but everyone knew that they were not Arabs. They are genetically, culturally, and historically distinct from Arabs. Because of Arab conquest and subjugation of these people, they became linguistically and religiously similar, and of course there was genetic and and cultural sharing, but before the birth of pan-Arabism and Arab Nationalism, ideas that grew out of the 19th century idea of nationalism and, more specifically, a response to the nationalist movement which became known as Zionism, these people would have called themselves Copts, Syriacs, etc... but not Arab. Arab meant the nomad bedouins of the Arabian desert. They had their own proud distinct storied histories, in most cases stretching back much further than Arab history. Histories and identities that have since been suppressed by the Arab cause.
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level 75
Dec 31, 2015
Calling a Moroccan, Algerian, Syrian, Egyptian or Somali an "Arab" makes almost as much sense as saying that English, Portuguese, French, Greek, Tunisian etc. people are all Roman. We call some of the languages spoken in these regions Latin and recognize the linguistic and cultural legacy left by the Roman Empire but we don't get this confused with the ethnicity of the people themselves because there was never any Roman Nationalism movement.
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level 59
Jan 1, 2016
"I'll tell thee what, though. Being an Arab will be thornier than you suppose, Harith!" - Auda Abu Tayi, Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
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level 73
Oct 11, 2016
This is a bit of knitpicking. Ethnical identities have been quite fluid, historically speaking, pretty much everywhere. Arab identity is constructed as much as French, Croatian, Turkish, etc.
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level 75
May 14, 2019
I would have thought from how I phrased most of my comments that it would be clear I agree with Djilas, except for the use of the word nit-picking (or knitpicking). I'm doing neither. Just thinking out loud. There's nothing wrong with the quiz.
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level 75
May 15, 2019
I don't know enough about this subject to jump in (although when did that ever stop me?) I only want to comment that after seeing the word knitpicking, it brings up a picture in my mind of someone carefully unraveling a mistaken stitch in knitting, a mind picture I much prefer to the one I see when the word nitpicking is used, since nits are the eggs of head lice. I think we should start a movement to use knitpicking instead. The meaning would be about the same :)
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level 72
Dec 31, 2015
Question is not Arabian countries, it is Arab League members: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_League
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level 51
Jan 3, 2016
To avoid confusion, I tend to use the following adjectives: Arab - when referring to the culture Arabic - when referring to the language Arabian - when referring things specifically from the Arabian Peninsula
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level 75
Jan 7, 2016
I think where most people today would use the word "Arab," a more accurate term would be "Arabic"- something related to Arab culture. But not actually Arab.

Similar to how it's more accurate to call some from Mexico Hispanic than it is to call them Spanish.
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level 61
Jan 13, 2016
Try this quiz: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/142762/arab-countries
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
Would you include Jordan as an Arab country?
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level 75
May 14, 2019
They're a bit iffy, being right on the edge of the historical boundary. Half in half out.
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level 46
May 14, 2019
As a Jordanian, yes we consider ourselves Arabs and our country Arabic.
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level 55
Jan 5, 2019
Palestine shouldn't be there
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level 68
Apr 20, 2019
It is in fact a member of the Arab League.
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level 43
May 14, 2019
All of them are countries
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level 75
May 14, 2019
except for the one that isn't, really. Though the instructions give away the fact that it's one of the answers.
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level 56
May 14, 2019
easy
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level 81
Oct 5, 2015
Should've read the instructions - I usually do. Also being in alphabetical order helped a lot!
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level 77
Oct 9, 2015
Absolutely. It helped me find Comoros and Mauritania.
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level 77
Oct 9, 2015
The case of Palestine is not a problem here. Palestine may not be a sovereign nation, but it is an existing organisation that can logically be a "member of the arab league".
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level 75
May 14, 2019
Sure it can. and what this in effect means is that representatives from the PNA get to have a seat at the table of the Arab League, and the quiz is slightly more challenging since it includes one entity that unlike the others is not a sovereign state. But it's not a "problem," per se. Just a quirk of politics.
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level 66
Dec 31, 2015
More like the league of instability.
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level 29
Dec 31, 2015
I got Palestine because of the hint in the description, but not the places that border it / Israel. Enjoy your life.
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level 58
Jan 1, 2016
Comoros was a surprise...got it by guessing African countries.
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level 57
Jan 1, 2016
Yeah, Palestine isn't a country though is it. No matter what anyone says.
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level 28
Jan 7, 2016
For all the Arabs and Muslims Palestine is a country and forever will be. I am a Muslim Arab and Palestine is my neighbor country since I was a kid. Israel is the one which is not a country for us. It is a plague in the middle. Soon Palestine will be declared as a country just like it has always been and soon everyone will know the reality about Israel. You have to live in the middle of the tension to get the facts.
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level 75
Jan 28, 2016
I've lived there. Which neighboring country do you live in? Is it Egypt? Because you're clearly in de Nile.
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level 78
Jul 1, 2016
Zing. Princess, I think you can't see the forest for the trees.
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level 43
May 14, 2019
I think you mean Israel.
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level 67
May 16, 2019
Do you really think he means Israel?
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level 41
May 18, 2019
Do your research, over half of the world's countries recognise Palestine as a country...it only isn't an "official country" because the UN doesn't recognise it
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level 28
Jan 23, 2016
PRINCESS122: Think about how the Western World caused the mess that is Israel.
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level 75
May 14, 2019
The Western World invented Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Well, I guess they sort of did, but not using the conventional conceptualization of the "Western world" that is most often used by people who wish to blame everything on it.
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level 42
Apr 14, 2016
How did I miss DJIBOUTI!!!! It was so obvious!!!
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level 83
Sep 29, 2016
How on earth, is Palestine a country???
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level 60
Jan 12, 2017
How on earth did you not read the instructions???
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level 70
Apr 27, 2017
Maybe they were taking this quiz from the Space Station.
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level 83
Dec 25, 2017
Instructions say we must answer countries.
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level 63
Jan 25, 2017
It might help to say what sport the league plays.
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level 70
Apr 27, 2017
Buzkashi, baby!!!
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level 14
May 15, 2018
What is Palestine? I think you mean Israel's rightful lands.
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level 68
Apr 20, 2019
What is Israel? I think you mean Palestine until uninvited immigrants shoved them into an area the size of Philadelphia with a larger population and then stole half of that.
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level 44
May 14, 2019
Uninvited? The Jews had been living there for ages, if you're going to talk about unfairness then talk about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The British who occupied the territory of Israel/Palestine invited the Jews there after WW2 and the Holocaust. You can't say they're invited when the Israelites (historical term) have been there since pre-Rome. ---------- I think this is the case at least
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level 43
May 14, 2019
Stop supporting apartheid regimes
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level 75
May 14, 2019
Claiming that any land rightfully or by destiny belongs to some nationalist entity that does not presently and hasn't even at any time recently exerted full control over those lands is just as much nonsensical fantasy as claiming that a country exists that does not.
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level 78
Oct 25, 2018
lol almost missed the United ARAB Emirates. Would have felt pretty dumb about that.
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level 38
Nov 20, 2018
100% thanks to geography now video from youtube
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level 53
May 14, 2019
Palestine / Israel... yeah.. Well, Djibouti and Comoros were the challenging ones on this quiz. I'll go now.
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level 44
May 14, 2019
If I didn't know any African countries starting with C (for Comoros) I'd be stuck. But thanks to Jetpunk's world quiz - I DO!
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level 66
May 14, 2019
I came to this quiz after recently doing the one about countries that predominantly speak Arabic. Made this one a fairly easy 5 points.
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level 35
May 14, 2019
Hey, I actually got all! Nice quiz
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level 22
May 14, 2019
I was so focused of the other countries that I forgot Saudi Arabia. well oops
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level 32
May 14, 2019
I answer according to Jetpunk's view of the world and its countries. Though I believe Palestine is a country it is NOT jere on Jetpunk therefore users should not be penalized for not knowing the snaser since if you looked at any of the country quizzes you would know that for some reason Jetpunk does not recognize Palestine. 136 countries most certainly do and it is not as though Palestine is like Transnitria whoch only three other countries recognize . Palestine was a country until the propaganda in the early 2000s when it became "the occupied terrirtoires or Gaxa and the Left Bank" I agree with you that it is a country but Jetpunk doesn't so your question is invalid making the quiz not a good one and actually I am surprised by some of the quizzes that make it to the first page.
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level 56
May 14, 2019
JetPunk doesn't recognise Palestine as a sovereign state, but it does recognise it as a member of the Arab League (which it is). There is a caveat saying one country is only partially recognised and this basically gives the answer away (there are at the very most two plausible possibilities given that). Palestine didn't stop being a country in the early 2000s, it actually is now much more a sovereign state than it was before that. Recognition by other countries isn't typically considered important by JetPunk (exceptions exist) as much as having full control of at least some of the land claimed (which constitutes sovereignty).
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level 33
May 14, 2019
Got 18.
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level 16
May 16, 2019
Great quiz