Egypt-History: Egypt The Mother of The World

Egypt-History: Egypt The Mother of The World
    Egypt: The Mother of The World
    Um al-Dunya, literally translated as ‘Mother of the World,’ is an Arabic expression, which Egyptians, and others, have used throughout history in reference to the country’s achievements. It encompasses everything from the country’s ancient civilization, to a long list of Egyptian superlatives and achievements in religion, culture, science, and more. 

    With respect to religion, Egypt is mentioned on several occasions in the Holy Quran, while Cairo’s 1,000 year old Al-Azhar University is one of the most prestigious and oldest Islamic institutions of learning in the world; the Bible also sanctifies Egypt when it states “Blessed be Egypt, my people.” 

    Culturally, the North African state is home to many a legendary singer and songwriter, most notably Uum Kulthum, otherwise known as Kawkab al-Sharq (Star of the East). The Egyptian dialect of Arabic is the most widely understood dialect in the Arab world. Egypt’s strategic importance to a wide range of empires and global hegemons throughout history such as the Romans, the British, and more recently the Americans is a testament to its political significance. Under Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt was the “undisputed political center of the Arab world,” leading the rest of the region in resisting Western Imperialism and promoting Pan-Arabism.

    Wael Elyamani
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