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Nubian EncountersThe Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964$
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Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164019

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001

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Ethnological Survey of Nubia

Ethnological Survey of Nubia

Statement of Purpose and Organization

Chapter:
(p.85) Ethnological Survey of Nubia
Source:
Nubian Encounters
Author(s):

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.003.0005

The building of the High Dam at Aswan was central to the most comprehensive scheme of economic development yet undertaken by modern Egypt. Numerous far-reaching benefits were to be realized by the High Dam, 1.3 million feddans of land were to be made available for cultivation for the first time, thousands of feddans of marginal land were to be brought into full production, and a hydro-electric power source was be made available for industrial development. The government of the United Arab Republic (UAR) planned for the Nubain population relocation. The resettlement of the Nubian population in the region of Kom Ombo, north of Aswan, was to involve nearly 50,000 persons. A comprehensive ethnological study of Egyptian Nubia was put under way under the direction of the Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University in Cairo. Scholars and students from the universities of Cairo, Ain Shams, and Alexandria participated in this study.

Keywords:   Aswan dam, Egypt, ethnological survey, Nubian resettlement, UAR, Kom Ombo

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