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DNA Studies and Egypt

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Mar 4, 2022 at 09:42

Dr. Pipes,

I have not read the book but thank you for a very interesting review.

It seems that most Egyptians regard themselves, first and foremost, as Egyptians. It is very interesting to see the pictures of 1st century AD Egyptians in the Fayum Portraits and compare them with the average Egyptian in today's Egypt


Compare it with today's Egyptians from a very popular video/song


Now, this is from the Guardian: "neither Muslim Egyptians nor the Copts are Arabs" as per DNA studies and with the many invasions of Egypt, the Arab invasion included, they do not account for more than 15% of "modern Egyptians" ancestry.


This could very well mean that Egyptians are not Arabs but they speak a dialect, or unique language, very much related to the Arabic language.

And recent DNA studies reveal that only 17% have Arab ancestry.


Recently, DNA studies revealed that there is a "Coptic DNA" and "Egyptian DNA."


Also 23andme reveals that there is indeed "Coptic DNA" and "Egyptian DNA" but I will leave this topic for another post.

Gaston Wiet (D 1971) the orientalist, believed that most Egyptians are not Arabs and he claimed that the importation of Arabs to Egypt was very limited.

>Muslim-American and Arabic-speaking Christian American.

Or should it be: Arabic speaking Muslim-American?


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