Middle Egypt


Middle Egypt

Middle Egypt (Arabic: مصر الوسطىMisr al-Wista) is the section of land between Lower Egypt (the Nile Delta) and Upper Egypt, stretching upstream from Asyut in the south to Memphis in the north.[1] At the time, Ancient Egypt was divided into Lower and Upper Egypt, though Middle Egypt was technically a subdivision of Upper Egypt. It was not until the 19th century that archaeologists felt the need to divide Upper Egypt in two. As a result they coined the term "Middle Egypt" for the stretch of river between Cairo and the Qena Bend.[2]

Middle Egypt today can be identified as the part of the Nile Valley that, while geographically part of Upper Egypt, is culturally closer to Lower Egypt. For instance, in terms of language, the Egyptian Arabic of people in Beni Suef and northwards shares features with Cairene and particularly rural Delta Arabic rather than with the Sa'idi Arabic spoken further south, and are often not considered Sa'idis.

Major towns

Notes

  1. ^ Baines, John, Jaromír Málek, and Graham Speake. Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt. New York: Checkmark, 2000. Print.
  2. ^ Richardson, Dan and Jacobs, Daniel (2003) Rough guide to Egypt Rough Guides, London, page 295, ISBN 1-84353-050-3
  • M. Cappozzo, Il Cristianesimo nel Medio Egitto, Todi 2007 (Tau Editore, ISBN: 9788862440103).

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