Although Allah is the name given to the Supreme Being of the Mohammedans, Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews also use the expression Allah. It is a contraction, Al-ilah, meaning “the God.” It may be a surprise to think of Jews living in Iran but they do. And they have been there for a very long time. Jewish history intertwines with Iranian when back in 636 B.C.E, the Persian (Iranian) ruler, Cyrus the Great, freed the Jews from their Babylonian captivity. It is interesting to note that Ancient Iranian Jews have a high percentage of the Rh-negative blood factor, a blood type not common in the general Jewish population.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X