Nubia occupies, roughly, both sides of the Nile valley between Aswan in Egypt, and Khartoum in Sudan. The part of this region which lies in northeastern Sudan is called the Nubian Desert.

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In ancient times Nubia was called Cush and ruled by Egypt for some 1,800 years. In the 8th century BC the Nubians achieved independence and subjugated Egypt. After maintaining some degree of independence for more than 2,000 years, Nubia was conquered by the Arabs in the 14th century and by Egypt in 1820. In the late 19th century the region was controlled by the Muslim revolutionary leader known as the Mahdi.

Its customs may now have been infuenced by the Egyption culture and little of it original culture now exites.

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