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    Can a person who genetically cluster with Anatolian Turks be ethnically an Arab?

    I am not sure whether it is the correct section or not but I will still ask.

    One of my friends have recently took a MyHeritage DNA test and as far as I remember, he did not score any Middle East. His results are pre-dominantly West Asian (about 78-79%) and he also scored 7-8% Central Asian and 11-12% Balkan and 1-2% Greek. When he uploaded his results to GEDmatch.com, we saw that he is genetically closest to Turks than any other ethnicity else.

    My friend is a Lebanese Muslim and he says that he is ethnically an Arab. How can it be? He is 100% sure that his parents are biological.

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    It would be better if you posted his gedmatch for us to compare. Usually, Levantine Arabs and Antolian Turks are fairly distinct, if his top oracle is Turkish at a reasonable distance, then it would mean he likely has recent Turkish ancestry (which isn't uncommon at all).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainn View Post
    I am not sure whether it is the correct section or not but I will still ask.

    One of my friends have recently took a MyHeritage DNA test and as far as I remember, he did not score any Middle East. His results are pre-dominantly West Asian (about 78-79%) and he also scored 7-8% Central Asian and 11-12% Balkan and 1-2% Greek. When he uploaded his results to GEDmatch.com, we saw that he is genetically closest to Turks than any other ethnicity else.

    My friend is a Lebanese Muslim and he says that he is ethnically an Arab. How can it be? He is 100% sure that his parents are biological.
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    Pretty common for Lebanese to score West Asia


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    I'll soon ask for him whether I can share his GEDmatch here.

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    MyHeritage results are not good imo. My mother scored 50% Greek while her GedMatch results show that she is far away from them. I‘d prefer mdlp k16 for your friend.

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    Turkish ancestry seems substantial among Lebanese and Syrian Muslims. I had not been aware until recently of the extent of this admixture. A lot of Turks settled in the Levant it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynic View Post
    Turkish ancestry seems substantial among Lebanese and Syrian Muslims. I had not been aware until recently of the extent of this admixture. A lot of Turks settled in the Levant it seems.
    I am not sure if it is really the case. Most Lebanese results i saw had almost no turkic influence. A good indicator are the East Eurasians percentages. I think the only people who still have turkic influence are the Turkmen people of the Levante.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtni View Post
    I am not sure if it is really the case. Most Lebanese results i saw had almost no turkic influence. A good indicator are the East Eurasians percentages. I think the only people who still have turkic influence are the Turkmen people of the Levante.
    Turkish, as in Anatolian Turkish. Model the Muslims and you’ll see they do score minor east Eurasian ancestry.

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    Do you have some results of Levantines with a stronger East Eurasian input? Would be nice to see some.

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