10 characteristics of EGYPT

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Egypt is a country located in the northeast corner of Africa. The heart of Egypt, the Nile River valley and delta was home to one of the major civilizations of the ancient Middle East and, like Mesopotamia further east, was the site of one of the oldest urban and literate societies in the world. . Pharaonic Egypt prospered for some 3,000 years through a series of native dynasties interspersed with brief periods of foreign rule. After Alexander the Great conquered the region in 323 BC, urban Egypt became an integral part of the Hellenistic world. Under the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty, an advanced literate society thrived in the city of Alexandria, but what is now Egypt was conquered by the Romans in 30 BCE. c.

characteristics of egypt

Characteristics of Egypt



  1. The soil is very fertile on the banks of the Nile River. Both sides of ancient and present-day Egypt were surrounded by desert, primarily to protect them from neighboring hostile tribes and/or civilizations. The Nile River was used for fishing, travel, and recreation.
  2. He polytheism, the belief in many gods and goddesses, was the main religion. The writings were in hieroglyphics, but most of the people spoke an Afroasiatic language. Some of the main gods that the ancient Egyptians believed in were Ra, the sun god, and Osiris, the god of the underworld.
  3. Islam is the religion with the most adherents in Egypt. The Prophet Muhammad is seen as the last of God's emissaries (following in the footsteps of Jesus, Moses, Abraham, etc.) to bring revelation to humanity. He distinguished himself by carrying a message for all humanity, instead of just certain peoples. When Moses brought the Torah and Jesus the Bible, Muhammad brought the last book, the Qur'an. The Qur'an and the actions of the Prophet (the Sunnah) are used as the basis for all guidance in religion. Among certain obligations for Muslims are to pray five times a day: at sunrise, at noon, in the afternoon, at sunset and at night. The exact time is shown in the local newspaper each day.
  4. Friday is the Muslim holy day. Everything is closed. Many businesses also close on Thursday, making the weekend Thursday and Friday. During the holy month of Ramadan, all Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk and are only allowed to work six hours a day. The fast includes not eating, drinking, smoking cigarettes or chewing gum. Expatriates are not required to fast; however, they should not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum in public. Every evening at sunset, families and friends gather to celebrate breaking the fast (iftar). The festivities often continue well into the night. In general, things slow down during Ramadan. Many businesses operate on reduced hours. Stores may be open and closed at unusual times.
  5. There are birds of many kinds in ancient Egypt. There are the falcon, the falcon, the ibis and the vulture. There were many other types of wildlife as well: cattle, horses and donkeys bred along the banks of the Nile, due to the rich grass and water.


  6. It's almost always hot, but the air is humid around the Nile River, and the air is very dry everywhere else.
  7. In ancient Egypt, many men and women were farmers, scribes, or craftsmen.. Although being a scribe meant you could communicate with the gods, so it was a bit more of an honorable job. The houses were mainly made of mud brick, next to the Nile River.
  8. For almost 13 centuries, Arabic has been the written and spoken language of Egypt.. Before the Arab invasion in AD 639, the Coptic language, descended from ancient Egyptian, was the language of religious and daily life for the majority of the population; by the 12th century, however, it had been entirely superseded by Arabic, continuing only as a liturgical language for the Coptic Orthodox Church. Arabic has become the language of both the Egyptian Christian and the Muslim. The written form of the Arabic language, in grammar and syntax, has remained substantially unchanged since the seventh century. In other ways, however, the written language has changed. Modern forms of style, word sequence, and phraseology are simpler and more flexible than in Classical Arabic, and are often directly derived from English or French.
  9. Social class is very evident in Egypt, since it determines their access to power and position.
    • The social class an Egyptian is born into dictates their daily lives and the opportunities they will have.
    • There are three social classes: upper, middle and lower.
    • Status is defined more by family background than by outright wealth.
    • There is little social mobility.
  10. The gift tag they are very strict:
    • If you are invited to an Egyptian home for dinner, bring good quality chocolates, sweets or cakes to the hostess.
    • Don't give flowers, which are generally reserved for weddings or for the sick, unless you know the hosts would appreciate them.
    • A small gift for children shows care.
    • Always give gifts with the right hand or with both hands if the gift is heavy.
    • Gifts are not opened when received




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