South Arabia

South Arabia is a historical region that consists of the southern region of the Arabian Peninsula, mainly centered in what is now the Republic of Yemen, yet it has also historically included Najran, Jizan, and 'Asir, which are presently in Saudi Arabia, and the Dhofar of present-day Oman.

South Arabia is inhabited by people possessing distinctive linguistic and ethnic affinities, as well as traditions and culture, transcending recent political boundaries. It is roughly the same as Greater Yemen.

Language and etymology

The frontiers of South Arabia as linguistically conceived would include the historic peoples speaking the related South Arabian languages as well as neighboring dialects of Arabic, and their descendants. Anciently, there was a South Arabian language, which was borrowed by Ethiopia.

Yemen or al-Yaman means "the right side". One etymology derives Yemen from yamin the "right side" as the south is on the right when facing the sunrise; yet this etymology is considered suspect. Another derives Yemen from yumn meaning "felicity" as the region is fertile; indeed the Romans called it Arabia Felix.[1] Yaman derives from Yam, Yams, Yame, Yame or Miya, Miyah, Miah (water).

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Südarabien
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Паўднёвая Арабія
български: Южна Арабия
Deutsch: Südarabien
español: Arabia del Sur
français: Arabie du Sud
Bahasa Indonesia: Arab Selatan
русский: Южная Аравия
Tiếng Việt: Nam Ả Rập