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The Aryan race is an idea formed in the 19th and early 20th century that the early speakers of the Indo-European languages and their modern descendants were a sub-race of Caucasians called the Proto-Indo-Europeans. In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, the Proto-Indo-Europeans were called Proto-Aryans.  The term Aryan comes from the ancient Sanskrit word ārya, which was a term used by Sanskrit speaking people to distinguish themselves from other races. The Iranians also used the terms, and the name Iran means "land of the Aryans".  The idea of an Aryan race was first used as a category of people but was later used by occult movements such as Theosophy. It was also later used by Nazism and white supremisism in racist ways.
Theosophy, an occult society founded by Helena Blavatsky believes that the Arabian people and the Jews are a part of the Aryan race. It is believed by Theosophists that the Arabians used the Semitic language of the people around them. These people had moved to the area from Atlantis. Theosophists claim that the Jews began as a part of the Arabian subrace in what is now Yemen around 30,000 BC. They moved first to Somalia and then to Egypt where they lived until the time of Moses.
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- Trautmann, Thomas R. Aryans and British India Yoda Press New Dehli 1997 page xxxii
- Powell, A.E. The Solar System: A Complete Outline of the Theosophical Scheme of Evolution London:1930 The Theosophical Publishing House Pages 298-299