Egypt – consanguinity rates, early 1980s(?)

March 6, 2011

From Consanguineous matings in the Egyptian population:

“SUMMARY A total of 26 554 Egyptians was ascertained to study the incidence of consanguineous marriages. They were of different ages, different socioeconomic standards, and from different areas. There were 7646 from urban areas, 11 280 from suburban areas, and 7628 from rural areas. The incidence of consanguineous matings in the general population was found to be 28-96% with an average inbreeding coefficient of 0-010, which could be considered high. The highest incidence was that in the rural areas. First cousin marriages occurred more often than the other types of consanguinity.”

Average consanguinity rate is 28.96%; average inbreeding coefficient = 0.0101
Urban = 22.05%; inbreeding coefficient = 0.0092
Suburban = 26.79%; inbreeding coefficient = 0.0105
Rural = 39.11%; inbreeding coefficient = 0.0147

Collection period: unknown; late-1970s/early 1980s?
Study population: Schools, universities, companies, outpatient clinics.
Sample size: 26,554
Location: Urban: 7,646 from the cities of Cairo and Alexandria. Suburban: 11,280 from Mansoura and Talkha. Rural: 7,628 who were all the families in four villages located in different areas and representing the classical Egyptian village. It’s not clear where these four villages were located – Delta region? Nile Valley? Frontier Governorates?

see also consang.net.

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So far then:

Early 1980s(?) consanguinity rate = 28.96%
2000 Total consanguineous marriages = 37.8%
2008 Total consanguineous marriages = 29.7%

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