I have seen ancient depictions of the ancient Israelites and there features were different than I expected.

Linguistic experts have stated that hebrew is one of the early Asiatic-African languages.

The hamitic people were a dark skinned people, Noah's wife was hamitic, moses' wife was hamitic, the ancient Israelites mixed with hamitic egyptians for centuries before exodus.

In Acts 21:37-38 the soldier mistakenly took Paul for a hamitic egyptian. How could the soldier mistake Paul for an egyptian unless the ancient Israelites were of a darker skin tone?

Also in Exodus 2:16-19 Moses was mistaken for a Hamitic Egyptian. If Moses was not physically identical to hamitic people how could he have also been mistaken for a Hamitic egyptian?

The egyptians of today are not the original ancient egyptian but are of persian, arabic and turkish stock, the orginal egyptians were a Hamitic dark skinned people who were conquered and exiled durring the Islamic conquest.

I have been told by some muslim scholars that the jews that muhammed (peace be upon him) offered the Quran to were dark skinned people and that the jews of today are not the original hebrews (jews) but that the jews of today are the descendants of converts from around the year of 800 a.d and are khazarians to be exact not bloodline original jews that muhammad pbuh spoke to about Quran.

Is there any Early muslim references to the physical identity of the ancient Israelites? or do any muslim historians know anything concerning this?

  • The question of Ten Lost Tribes of Israel might be helpful to your research.
    – infatuated
    Aug 16, 2014 at 7:21
  • Noah's wife was Hamitic? I'm pretty sure the Hamites were so-named because they were descended from Noah's son Ham, so unless Noah ended up marrying his own granddaughter, I think you have some facts confused.
    – goldPseudo
    Sep 15, 2014 at 23:20
  • @ goldPseudo, well Noah's wife was categorized as "Hamitic" being that Noah and his wife produced literally "black" offspring (Ham) so reasoning leads one to say that Noah's wife had to have been a person of "color" to produce "black" offspring (Ham and the Africans). Therefore she was categorized as such due to the probability of her physical traits based on the fact that she produced "Hamites" (black offspring).
    – eliyah
    Sep 15, 2014 at 23:28
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    @infatuated: David Duke is not just an "American conservative nationalist", he's a racist and I don't think his "research" should be quoted on StackExchange sites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Duke Feb 12, 2016 at 8:08
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    This Question is more about ethnology then Islam/Qur'an
    – Medi1Saif
    Feb 12, 2016 at 8:30

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To know that we have to see family tree of prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (A.S.)

Because we believe Ancient Israelites were originally are family of prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). As we know Ibrahim was born in eastern Mesopotamia. And in Islam we believe Ibrahim had two sons.

  1. Ismail(Ishmael)
  2. Ishaq(Isaac)

And Ishaq had a son Yaqub (Jacob) and Yaqub had a son Yusuf (Joseph).

Quran tells us the story of Yusuf where he (Yusuf) was brought to Egypt and how he met his father Yaqub there and then Musa (Moses) was sent to Israelites and Musa is also from the family of Yaqub.

As I have told you Ibrahim was from eastern Mesopotamia. We can see that the people of Mesopotamia have a fair skin tone. But yes there were many people who where darker skin tone who follow Musa because the message of all is for everyone.

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    If you're going to include an image, make sure to give a proper citation for it. "design by Muslim scholars" is hardly sufficient.
    – goldPseudo
    Aug 16, 2014 at 21:56
  • Okay i will keep that in mind.
    – xitas
    Aug 17, 2014 at 10:23
  • good answer, one thing I would like ti mention is what about the fact that the Israelites mixed with the Egyptians (taking Egyptian women as wives) for centuries before exodus, and Moses himself had a Hamitic (black) wife, Such mixing would render a darker skin tone among the Israelites.
    – eliyah
    Sep 16, 2014 at 20:47
  • Yes you are right but when we looking at family tree we always follow father, grandfather and so on. some people may have dark skin tone but most of them have fair skin tone but it we can not say they have white skin tone.
    – xitas
    Sep 17, 2014 at 3:00

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