Modern egyptian dating customs
For millennia, Egypt maintained a strikingly unique, complex and stable culture that influenced later cultures of Europe.
After the Pharaonic era, Egypt itself came under the influence of Hellenism, for a time Christianity and later, Christian culture.
Egyptian monasteries translated many Greek and Syriac words, which are now only extant in Coptic.
Under Islam, Egypt continued to be a great source of literary endeavor, now in the Arabic language.
About 75% of Egypt's population is Muslim, with a Sunni majority.
The first modern Egyptian novel Zaynab by Muhammad Husayn Haykal was published in 1913 in the Egyptian vernacular.The "Koiné" dialect of the Greek language was important in Hellenistic Alexandria, and was used in the philosophy and science of that culture, and was later studied by Arabic scholars.Arabic came to Egypt in the 7th century, and Egyptian Arabic has become today the modern speech of the country.Of the many varieties of Arabic, it is the most widely spoken second dialect, due to the influence of Egyptian cinema and media throughout the Arabic-speaking world.In the lower Nile Valley, around Kom Ombo and Aswan, there are about 300,000 speakers of Nubian languages, mainly Nobiin, but also Kenuzi-Dongola.