True... The Arabs and Berbers have been intermarrying for over a century to the point where the culture of NA is fairly separate from that of the ME. But... don't tell Western reporters that Arabs and Muslims aren't a homogeneous people. Double negative, ugh. Yes. In fact, Egypt isn't considered a part of the the Maghreb (west in Arabic) which is what the Arabs call the N. African region (Tunisia, Algeria, etc.). Afro-Asiatic. Because the people who make up the language family (a language is it's speakers) live in north and east Africa and the ME.