Cairo Africa


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Of all the Arab nations, Egypt is the most populous, and Cairo, its capital, has been largest city in Africa for centuries. The city is located at the end of the Nile, which is the world’s longest river.


With all of this historical, geographical, and cultural prominence, some confusion over Egypt's identity is inevitable and understandable.

The Egyptians themselves have rarely thought in terms of being part of one continent or another.


The Nile Valley, the Mediterranean Sea, the Sahara Desert, and the Islamic nations all intermingle with each other.


If you look at it on the map, the vast majority of the country lies on the African continent. However, the eastern side of the country, the Sinai Peninsula, is considered part of the Asian continent. In ancient times, relations with Africa were considerable. Yet since the 7th century BC after its invasion by the Assyrians, Egypt has tended to lean towards the Mediterranean and Middle East for its cultural, religious, political, and economic identity.


Most Egyptians consider themselves racially as Arabs, and therefore as Middle Easterners. But a considerable part of the population also has Nubian or African ancestry.
Over the last couple of centuries, Egyptian relations with the Sudan, Ethiopia, Libya, and other African countries have been strong.

Egypt will inevitably continue to grow with its curious combination of African and Middle Eastern worlds.

It is evident that the ancient Nubian and Egyptian civilizations walked hand in hand. Unfortunately for us, a vast amount of the cultural exchange happened before written records were kept.


It has often been thought that Egypt, destined in history to become one of the world’s greatest powers, was the more influential.


Nevertheless, modern archaeological evidence, particularly around Kerma in the northern Sudan, shows that Nubian influences on Egypt were also considerable.
Evident from prehistoric times was the large-scale culture in northern Kush which was later known as Nubia. After Egyptian occupation, Kush had a special importance within the empire of the Egyptian pharaohs.



It is really impossible to distinguish the types of economic, social, and technological influences that may have been exchanged between the two cultures.

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The peoples to the south of Egypt apparently had a great effect on the religion of their northern neighbors, particularly in passing on gods connected with animals such as birds, livestock, and crocodiles.

As the glory of ancient Egypt started to decline around 712 BC, the Kushites, as those from Kush or present-day Nubia were called, traveled north to rule Egypt, to become the 25th Dynasty to rule Egypt for over half of a century. These years of imperial rule had a definite impact on Egypt both historically as well as culturally and serve to cement African influence on the country for years to come.


In conclusion, Egypt is therefore Arab-African since the influences of both races are significant in shaping ancient as well as modern Egypt.



The line that separates where Arab and African influences begin and end is somewhat blurred. Suffice it to say that Egypt today is as much Arab as it is African.



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