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This question fails to specify the source claiming that there are only eight ethnicities in the Middle East and there are currently hundreds of ethno-religious groups in the Middle East. Furthermore, there is no timeframe on this question, and ethnic changes in the Middle East are quite significant over time.

All-withstanding, the current most populous and famous ethnicities in the Middle East are:

1) Civilized Sunni Arabs (This is to say the Arabs who are Sunni Moslems and live in a relatively urban environment.)

2) Turks (This refers to the ethnicity of Turkey as opposed to the Turks meaning all similar people of that general ethnic group.)

3) Persians (This refers to the dominant ethnic group in Iran.)

4) Civilized Shiite Arabs (This is to say the Arabs who are Shiite Moslems and live in a relatively urban environment.)

5) Bedouins (This refers to the nomadic desert-Arabs that populate the Middle East)

6) Israeli Jews (This refers to the dominant ethno-religious group in the State of Israel.)

7) Egyptian Copts (This refers to the largest group of Egyptian Christianity.)

8) South Asians (This refers to the large immigrant worker population in the Gulf States that comes from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.)

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