Is it true the Levant was full of white people until the replaced them during the Islamic conquests?
The Christian population is still pretty (and) white
>We reconstructed the genetic structure of the Levantines and found that a pre-Islamic expansion Levant was more genetically similar to Europeans than to Middle Easterners.?
>Our results show recent genetic stratifications in the Levant are driven by the religious affiliations of the populations within the region. Cultural changes within the last two millennia appear to have facilitated/maintained admixture between culturally similar populations from the Levant, Arabian Peninsula, and Africa. The same cultural changes seem to have resulted in genetic isolation of other groups by limiting admixture with culturally different neighboring populations. Consequently, Levant populations today fall into two main groups: one sharing more genetic characteristics with modern-day Europeans and Central Asians, and the other with closer genetic affinities to other Middle Easterners and Africans. Finally, we identify a putative Levantine ancestral component that diverged from other Middle Easterners ∼23,700–15,500 years ago during the last glacial period, and diverged from Europeans ∼15,900–9,100 years ago between the last glacial warming and the start of the Neolithic.
>Consequently, Levant populations today fall into two main groups: one sharing more genetic characteristics with modern-day Europeans and Central Asians, and the other with closer genetic affinities to other Middle Easterners and Africans.
Which supports the contention that the Near East / Mid East was European in nature prior to the (Beoudin Arab) Muslim conquests.
Most Levantines are still white today, the Muslim conquests didn't get rid of the original population and replace them with a brown horde.
Obviously they're not blond blue eyed Germanic looking white people but there isn't much difference between the average Syrian and Italian today, just as there wasn't much difference historically.
Im not sure what your definition of small invasion forces is. While the Islamic force that took Egypt was relatively small tens of thousands of soldiers were needed to take the Levant and Persia. The successive mass death of particularly males and the new social strata of Arab domination would certainly trend towards Arab Y-chromosomes becoming the dominant ones especially over centuries.
I'm white but what do you mean by
>Most Levantines are still white today
White (Caucasian i'm guessing is what you mean) is an outdated category, genetically there is more nuance than is expressed in the 'white' category.
Basically the Levant was more "white" because Greeks had "whited" the population for centuries prior. Arabs moving up from the peninsula then "browned" it. It makes sense that current "white" Arabs are Christian because they have a stronger Greek ancestry and that "dark" Arabs are Muslim because they have a stronger peninsula Arab ancestry.
Iit's saying the modern Levantine Christian populations stopped mixing with sub-Saharan populations around 2000 years ago, while Muslim Levantines stopped 600 years ago. The Arab conquests only isolated the Levantines who didn't convert to Islam from other Middle Eastern populations who did.
All divergences seem to be ancient, or else timed with different events and not the 7th century AD.
The journal link earlier in this thread talks about this, but it's more accurate to say that Levantines are more closely related to Europeans than they are other Middle Easterners, rather than saying they're more European than Semitic. It's not as if the old Levantines were European settlers or anything, just that the Levantines stopped mixing with sub-Saharan peoples a few thousand years before they stopped migrating into Europe. Thus the Europeans and Levantines had a more recent common ancestor population than Levantines and other Middle Easterners.
I'm 0% European, I'm from northern Iraq and I'm white skinned but not Euro looking. Kind of like a Jew. Also how can Jews be white but native Levantines not be? They've ask got negro admixture from Arabs and their African slave trade.