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MIDDLE EGYPT (Arabic : مصر الوسطى‎‎ _Misr 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. At the time, Ancient Egypt was divided into Lower and Upper Egypt, though Middle Egypt
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
Cairo
and the Qena Bend.

Middle Egypt
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 .

CONTENTS

* 1 Major towns * 2 Notes * 3 References * 4 See also

MAJOR TOWNS

* 6th of October City * Beni Suef * Cairo
Cairo
* Giza
Giza
* Fayoum

NOTES

* ^ Baines, John, Jaromír Málek, and Graham Speake. Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt. New York: Checkmark, 2000. Print. * ^ Richardson, Dan and Jacobs, Daniel (2003) _Rough guide to Egypt_ Rough Guides, London, page 295, ISBN 1-84353-050-3

REFERENCES

* M. Cappozzo, _Il Cristianesimo nel Medio Egitto_, Todi 2007 (Tau Editore, ISBN 978-88-6244-010-3 ).

_ Wikimedia Commons has media related to MIDDLE EGYPT _.

SEE ALSO

* Upper Egypt * Lower Egypt * Upper and Low