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I have seen this narrative repeated time after time that Saudi royal family are Jews. An example of such claim. Searching for the internet pretty much returns the same narrative expressed in different manner. But those who are claiming this often make it sensational which makes me doubt their claim.

The question is, Does the Saudi royal family have Jewish roots?

  • Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – sempaiscuba Sep 16 '19 at 6:13
  • Searching "The Internet" for a certain narrative, is bound to return some results, since said narrative initially was found on "The Internet". The only thing, an internet search can prove, is the existence of an internet bubble propagating said narrative. – Dohn Joe Sep 16 '19 at 12:46
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If you go back enough in time it's possible, in that pre-islamic religion in the Arab Peninsula was a mix of polytheism, Christianity, Judaism, and Iranian religions.

But it's implausible that one would be able to trace the family's dominant faith that far back in time. The House of Saud was founded in 1744, with origins only tracing back to the mid-15th century - that is, well after Islam was mainstream in the area, and I'd gather the house' wikipedia page would be full of documented references if the family had been anything but Muslim during that time.

The two dominant faiths in the tribal federation they purportedly descend from before that appears to have been Christianity and polytheism, so it's more likely that their ancestors were one or the other (or for that matter, both). But since there are no records for the Saud family in those times it's dubious to claim anything for sure.

On that note, there's also a word to be said about how far back one must go to label someone as having such and such ancestry. And everyone probably is of polytheist descent if you go back in time enough.

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    This seems to mix 'faith' with 'genetics'. Otherwise a very good answer. – Mark C. Wallace Sep 26 '17 at 12:55
  • Genetically speaking.... if you treat the holy text as a reliable source. The children of Issac (Jews), and the children of Ishmael (Arab Muslims), share one common ancestor, Abraham. So genetically speaking, the two people are of the same bloodline. – dolphin_of_france Sep 18 '19 at 14:51
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First of all, as Denis noted, the Semitic cultures were often inter-mixed so some Jewish ancestry is not entirely out of question.

Now, Let's see the case of House of Saud. House of Saud comes from Najd region of Arabian peninsula. As per Nejedi Chroniclers, The Saudis are descended from the larger Mrudah clan. That much is at least for sure. Before that, opinions vary from tradition to tradition. The Nejedi Chroniclers claim Mrudah were themselves descended from Banu-Hanifa tribe but others dispute that and claim that their origins are in the Anazzah tribal confederation.

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Be it as it may, Both Banu-Hanifa and Anazzah are themselves part of the Rabi'ah Branch of Clans.

Now going further back, the Rabi'ahs are part of the Northern/Adnanite Arabs who according to them were descended from Adnan, a descendent of Ishmael. Since Ishmael and Isaac were brothers and Jews consider themselves to be descended from Jacob, Son of Isaac, that would make them kins. It should also be noted that Prophet Muhammad's own tribe Quresh is also Adnanite.

But that of course is with making a lot of assumptions, which are the existence of the Biblical Figures and accuracy of the Arab Genealogies.

IRL however, if Genetic studies were to be made, there would be a lot of similarities between all the Semites. For example take the Canaanites, Bible said they were wiped out but DNA studies showed that Lebanese Arabs have their DNA. And if Dr. Harry Ostrer of Human Genetics Program at New York University School of Medicine can be believed, Palestinians, Israelis, Lebanese, Syrians share a common lineage, a belief shared by many others although Ostrer is often criticized for his research methods and his hypothesis on Khazars among his peers. Note that Anazzah used to live in Levant before some branches migrated to Arabia proper. In Addition, Arabic and Hebrew languages are both Semitic.

So TL;DR, Yes it is very likely that the Saudis share a common ancestor with the Jews but so do most of the other Semitic people, at least Hypothetically. As Ted noted in his comment, if we go back far enough, we are all related.

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