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"In the period 0-800, ethno-tribal belief systems, here known as Primal-Indigenous religions, were the chief socio-religion dispensation among humankind. As the Christianization of Europe merged with the Islamization of the Middle East and North Africa, the Primal-Indigenous dominance was weakened."--Body Count (2009) by Naveed S. Sheikh

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The term Ethnoreligious (or ethno-religious) refers to a group or groups of people unified by a common religious culture but displaying distinct characteristics of an ethnic group. Ethnoreligious communities define their identity neither exclusively by ancestral heritage nor simply by religious affiliation, but often through a combination of both.

The Jews are today perhaps the largest and most familiar ethnoreligious community. Ascertaining and defining membership in the Jewish people (the question of "who is a Jew") involves both a traditional religious component and an ethnic one.

Other, smaller or lesser known ethnoreligious communities which combine ethnic identity with religious belonging include the Samaritans, the Parsis, the Assyrians, the Syrian Malabar Nasranis, the Yazidi (more often considered a religious minority within the religiously-diverse Kurdish ethnicity), and the Mandaeans, among others.

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