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I am Asian but living in Area in Australia that has many Egyptian people, I just feel very strange that Egyptian people look really like a mix between Black & White. How come that happened in Egyptian History?

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closed as off-topic by Mark C. Wallace, Pieter Geerkens, Yannis, American Luke, Sardathrion Mar 11 '14 at 13:48

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What exactly do you mean by 'Egyptian people?' – Leon Conrad Mar 11 '14 at 8:05
Egyptian people=Egyptian citizen – Tom Mar 11 '14 at 8:34
you're making a categorical error in confusing citizenship with race. And there's also the question of 'citizenship' and 'nationality' which I'll leave to one side. Re race, the Copts are the indigenous people of Egypt. They mixed with Greeks in Ptolemaic times. Egypt was later invaded by Arab tribes, European invaders, and through its position which connects the Mediterranean and the Levant in the north and Nubia, Sudan and Central Africa in the south, will inevitably display a large amount of interracial features from these influences. Any of these could be citizens or nationals. – Leon Conrad Mar 11 '14 at 9:21
Perhaps it is just me, but this question verges on the offensive, and is not a question about history. – Mark C. Wallace Mar 11 '14 at 12:19
@MarkC.Wallace who knows, it could be just a very poor understanding of the history of Egypt and/or the migration and interbreeding of population groups in general. Which his comments on my answer seem to corroborate. As to offensive, that all depends on context. If you're easily offended anything can turn out to be seen as offensive, including hearing that people find your questions offensive. – jwenting Mar 11 '14 at 15:00

hmm, ever looked at a map? They look that way because they are...
Egypt sits right on the boundary between mainly black Africa and the mainly Caucasian eastern Mediterranean seafront (the Arab influence there came only much later, during the Muslim expansion).
The old Egyptian empire included areas from modern day Israel to the Sudan. There'd have been a lot of interbreeding.
Countries aren't homogenous when it comes to who lives there, neither in modern times nor historically. Of course the further from such a boundary a country is, the more homogenous it appears. So Germany historically has a more homogenous population (when it comes to skin colour) than does Egypt, but there's still mixing with surrounding cultures going on all over.

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so Germain not too mixed cos not too many races in Germany in old time, but Egypt? – Tom Mar 11 '14 at 8:03
@Tom in Germany too there were many groups, but they were physically more similar (mostly differing in dominant hair and eye colour, rather than skin colour). – jwenting Mar 11 '14 at 8:05
ok, but why Greek or Italian is also white but many of them or some of them look darker? – Tom Mar 11 '14 at 8:15
@Tom he just explained that, please read again carefully his answer :) – o0'. Mar 11 '14 at 8:41

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