There doesn’t seem to be a universal term to describe the Various Factions that make up the countries of the Middle East. I thought the word was Tribe but someone from the Middle East told me they don’t like that term, but he had no other suggestion and told me that maybe I could come up with a word so
I suggest Band
Band -= noun – Used to describe The Various Factions that make up the countries of the Middle East.
Belonging to a like-minded family or group who share traditions and values and have the same goal.
Other meanings of Band according to
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
1 a group, family, pack, troop, company, party, crew, body, working party, posse; team, side, lineup; association, society, club, circle, fellowship, partnership, guild, lodge, order, fraternity, confraternity, sodality, brotherhood, sisterhood, sorority, union, alliance, affiliation, institution, league, federation, clique, set; informal bunch.
local people banded together : join (up), team up, join forces, pool resources, get together; amalgamate, unite, form an alliance, form an association, affiliate, federate.
A Band is also =
2 A collection of musicians and singers who share the love of preforming the same type of music.
3 Or a sash or belt: or a circle of rubber used to contain objects.
I think band has many positive meanings.