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Nubian Encounters: The Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964

Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna


This is a retrospective look at a major investigation of the culture of a displaced people. In the 1960s, the construction of the Aswan High Dam occasioned the forced displacement of a large part of the Nubian population. Beginning in 1960, anthropologists at the American University in Cairo's Social Research Center undertook a survey of the Nubians to be moved and those already outside their historic homeland. The goal was to record and analyze Nubian culture and social organization, to create a record for the future, and to preserve a body of information on which scholars and officials could ... More

Keywords: displaced people, Aswan High Dam, forced displacement, Nubian population, social organization, photographs, investigation, Nubian culture, anthropologists, homeland

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9789774164019
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas S. Hopkins, editor

Sohair R. Mehanna, editor

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The Nubian Ethnological Survey

Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

1 Nubian Resettlement and Anthropology

Nicholas S. Hopkins, and Sohair R. Mehanna

2 Anthropological Encounters in Nubia

Nicholas S. Hopkins, and Sohair R. Mehanna

3 After the Move

Nicholas S. Hopkins, and Sohair R. Mehanna

The Nubian Ethnological Survey


Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

Ethnological Survey of Nubia

Robert A. Fernea*

The Kenuz

Charles Callender and Fadwa el Guindi*

The Village Community of al-Dirr, Nubia

Anna Hohenwart-Gerlachstein*

Problems of Nubian Migration

Mohamed Fikri Abdul Wahab*

Initial Adaptations to a New Life for Egyptian Nubians

Robert A. Fernea and John G. Kennedy*

Nubian Culture and Ethnicity

Robert A. Fernea and Aleya Rouchdy*