Author(s): Abdülbaki BOZKURT
Mhallamis, who are the significant part of the Arabs of Turkey, constitute a significant part of Turkey, predominantly live in Mardin province’s Midyat city and its surroundings. Although the exact date of their settlement in this area is unknown, sources indicate the 5th century. It is understood that the Mhallami, who apparently descend from Banu Shaybanid branch of Rabi'a tribe, acted with the Arabs following the spread of Islam in the region. Despite describing themselves as Arabs, they have been associated with different ethnic groups such as Kurds or Assyrians from time to time. In this study, ethnic origins, beliefs, the tribe of which they are a member and some cultural characteristics were discussed.