H. W. Bellew writes that Arabi for the Indian tribe anciently seated on the Arabius river (modern Hab), on the Sind border adjoining Las province of Balochistan, the Arbies tribe of Strabo ; there are the ruins of an ancient town on the Kabul river near Peshawar, called Arabai (the Orobates of Arrian), as before related ; this may formerly have been a city of the Arabi, ancestors of those whose name we have here. 
H.A. Rose tells us that Arbi (अरबी) a Muhammadan clan, said to be of Arabian origin, which was, in Mughal times, given several villages round Multan, but it has now to a large extent lost its hold of them. It is classed as Jat (agricultural) both in Multan and Montgomery and is also found in the Ahmadpur East tahsil of Bahawalpur.
- Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Parishisht-I, s.n. अ-30
- Mahendra Singh Arya et al: Adhunik Jat Itihas, p.221
- An Inquiry Into the Ethnography of Afghanistan, H. W. Bellew, p.121
- An Inquiry Into the Ethnography of Afghanistan, H. W. Bellew, p.122
- A glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province By H.A. Rose Vol II/A, p.16
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