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I am Fatma Ahmed Zewail from Sohag, Egypt. I am interested in reading books and computer games. I'm going to talk about people in Egypt. Do you know Egyptians? We are muslims and christians. Don't belive that we hate each other. We live together in peace.

People in Egypt



Egypt is actually a wonderful and delightful mixture of traditions, with a socioeconomic structure which allows, more and more, a gradient of classes. But one must look, and feel with the heart in order to touch this essence of Egypt. A considerable amount, if not majority, of Egypt's population now live in larger cities, mostly Cairo and Alexandria. In fact, these two cities dominate the vision of most foreigners. They are vitally important to Egypt's culture, but one should not neglect the many other moderately sized cities. And within these cities there is a virtual kaleidoscope of social stratas. There are doubtless the poor, the recent fallahins come to the city, and the lower echelons of what we will call the commercial or merchant class. They are evident, and plentiful. But these businessmen merge into the middle class, and then upper middle class. More than a few become wealthy.

Thus, in addition to modern people living in Cairo, there are the farmers or fallahin who are rural laborers. They farm the irrigated fields along the Nile, live in small villages, and lead traditional agrarian lives that have changed little over the centuries. Bedouins wander Egypt's deserts in search of fresh grazing for their camels and goats, and water for their families. Traditional Bedouins form small, tightly knit clans, though modern inroads into the desert are changing Bedouin lives. Many families have settled and built houses and now use vehicles to move flocks. Although Bedouins still keep themselves apart from sedentary Egyptians, their ancient desert lifestyle is vanishing. Nubians come from the narrow valley south of Aswan. These people once farmed the area inundated by Aswan Dam; displaced, many have drifted north to work as laborers or shopkeepers.

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Religion:The primary religion in Egypt is Islam, though the country has a significant Coptic Christian minority. Muslims and christians live together in peace like brothers and sisters. Perhaps for this reason, crime is virtually nonexistent. The society is conservative, especially on issues related to women. Women are expected to be modest in dress and manner- no flimsy attire or loud talking and laughing, for example. The men are very happy with their position in this patriarchal society. The people are generally friendly, hospitable and very accommodating especially towards visitors. But visitors need to keep their religion to themselves- proselytizing is illegal here.
Language:The Lingua Franca is Arabic. But there are two versions- classical Arabic, the language of the Koran and the colloquial Arabic used in the street. English and French are widely used for business and by educated urbanites. In terms of culture, is important in the Arab world. And books, movies, music and TV programs produced here are popular throughout the Arabic speaking nations of the Middle East.
Egyptian Sense of Humor:
Jokes, light comments and smart replies are many facets of the Egyptian sense of humor, which, in Egypt, is a way of life. Egyptians laugh at many things. The contradictions of daily life provide them with plenty of material. Every region may also have a unique taste of humor, so what you hear in Cairo would be different from that in Luxor or Alexandria. But all Egyptian jokes aim at one thing only: a smile on the face of the receiver. A laugh is a bonus.It is not uncommon to see groups of seasoned tourists at coffee shops exchanging jokes with local Egyptians. The subjects range from the ridiculous to the intellectual. Everyone genuinely laughs, sometimes at something completely unrelated to the joke itself. The funny pronunciation, the misunderstanding, even the glances, can provide a background to suit the mood of the conversation. Here are some examples:

A tourist asks:
- Can you tell the quickest way to town please?
-Are you walking or driving?
- Driving.
- That IS the quickest way!
A man asks his grandmother:
- Would you rather have some jelly and ice cream, or get married?
She replies: "I haven't really got the teeth for jelly and ice cream!"

A man walked into a supermarket and demanded half a head of lettuce. A boy working there told him that he has to buy the whole lettuce, but the man insists on half a lettuce. The boy went to the manager at the back of the shop and said
- A stupid man out there wants half a lettuce.. then realizing that the man is right behind him, added :..
"and this gentleman here wants to buy the other half!.


Now you know the people of Egypt. You see how much they work to build Egypt. Last but not least, don't forget to visit Egypt and you will see how generous and funny Egyptians are.



Resources:

websites:

http://www.sharmdaytours.com/egyptianpeople.html
http://www.all-about-egypt.com/egyptian-people.html
http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag09012000-mag6.htm
http://www.christmasinegypt.com/Info-Center/People.asp

Images:
http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/egypt/malhalla3.jpg
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http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/066/cache/bedouin-family-egypt_6696_600x450.jpg

Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zAgqe3F6AU