The Egyptian and Sudanese Nubians – an unreached people in the Nile Valley
It is almost impossible to visit the bigger cities in Sudan or Egypt without coming in contact with Nubians. The tall dark skinned people are ethnically distinct from the Arabs of the countries they are living in.
Geographically, the Nubian region can be called the corridor to Africa, linking sub-Saharan Africa and Egypt. As a narrow ribbon of the fertile Nile-Valley it stretches between the first cataract at Aswan and the fourth cataract near al-Debba.
The Nubians are an ethnic minority which occupies the Nile Valley between the first and fourth cataract. That is why they are also called Nile Nubians. In their ethnicity they are different from the many people groups of the Nuba Mountains in western Sudan.
In terms of their religious preference and convictions the Nubians are faithful adherents of Sunni Islam of the Melkite theological school. Yet, many Nubians still participate in folk Islamic and Animistic practices and a considerable number of men are adherents of Sufi orders.