Sleb - History

Next to nothing is known about the history of the Sleb. It has been suggested that Sleb populations are descended from those referred to in Middle and Late Assyrian texts as the "Selappayu," or from the Banu Saluba, who inhabited the area of Hira and Kalwadha, as well as certain villages on the Euphrates, during the Arab conquest. Anthropological data indicate that the Sleb are of Proto-Mediterranean origin, and it is thought that they formerly drew subsistence almost exclusively from hunting.

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