Joshua Project 2000 Affinity Blocks

What are Affinity Blocs and Gateway Clusters?

Affinity Block Name Photo Map Color Description
The Arab world. This is the contiguous region of North Africa and the Fertile Crescent between Mauritania and Iraq and south to Sudan where Arabic is the dominant culture and language. The main non-Arab minorities are the Berbers of North Africa.
The Horn of Africa; the Cushitic Peoples. The main components in the JP list are the Somali, Afar, Galla, and Beja Gateway People clusters.
Sub-Saharan Africa. The wide variety of languages and cultures makes this bloc far less obvious but the commonalities are climate, influence of Islam, lifestyles, problems and history. There are some major clusters of peoples that live over wide areas and many countries of the Sahel such as the Fula, Mande, Hausa, Wolof, Nubians, etc.
Turkic Peoples. A fairly homogenous family of peoples from the Turks in S.E. Europe to the Uighur in China.
Indo-Iranians of S.W. Asia. This includes the Kurds, Persians, most Afghans and many of the peoples of Pakistan. Islam is dominant.
Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia. This includes most of the peoples of the Indian sub-continent where Hinduism has had such a strng influence. There are also many non-Aryan peoples included such as the Dravidian peoples and the pre-Dravidian tribals.
Thai/Dai Peoples and Others - SE Asia The Thai/Dai peoples of S.E. Asia, China, and N.E. India. Other peoples of Mainland S.E. Asia are also included.
Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples The dominant characteristic is the deep influence of Chinese culture. This includes the Tibetans, Mongolians, Burmese, Koreans, Japanese.
The Malay Peoples The Malay peoples of Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.
Eurasian Peoples. A less homogenous group of disparate peoples from former Yugoslavia, the Caucasus and Russia.
The Sinitic peoples. The dominant characteristic is the deep influence of Chinese culture. This includes the Tibetans, Mongolians, Burmese, Koreans, Japanese.
Jews
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Jewish peoples, both in Israel and in the diaspora around the world. (Not shown on the map.)
Non-10/40 Window Peoples.
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This is a catch-all for unrelated and scattered non-Window peoples (Mexican, Papua-New Guinean, Central African). (Not shown on the map.)

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