25 Feb 2013
Nubians: a non-Arab people. They were, it seems, Christian - or some of them still were - as late as the 17th century.
From my Christian sourcebook, Operation World, its discussion of minority groups in Egypt: 'The Nubians of Upper Egypt. For centuries a Christian kingdom, but eventually under pressure [and we know what kind of 'pressure' that would have been- CM] Nubians became Muslim in the 17th century. Today there are only a handful of Christians. Only a minority still speak the two main Nubian dialects, but they are culturally distinct. Many are poor, their ancestral lands flooded as a result of the Aswan dam".