Romani people in Egypt
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African Roma
Total population
Romani language, Arabic
Islam (main religion), Christianity (1%), Romani religion
Related ethnic groups
Domari people, Nawar people, Kawliya

Romani people in Egypt speak the Romani language. They migrated to the territory of the present day Egypt from South Asia, particularly from India, during the Roman Egypt times and mixed with the local Egyptians population in the South for more than 2000 years. Romani people self-segregated themselves for centuries from the dominant culture of Egypt, who view Romani as dishonorable though clever. Historically, Romani in Egypt have provided musical entertainment at weddings and other celebrations, singing Egyptian traditional songs in return for money. The Romani people in Egypt include subgroups like Nawar, Halebi and Ghagar.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ Peoples on the Move: Introducing the Nomads of the World. By David J. Phillips
  2. ^ Berland, Joseph C. (2004). Customary Strangers: New Perspectives on Peripatetic Peoples in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-89789-771-4. Retrieved 2013-10-28.