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The Medieval NileRoute, Navigation, and Landscape in Islamic Egypt$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166143

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166143.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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The Medieval Nile
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John P. Cooper

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166143.003.0001

This introductory chapter contextualises the subject of Nile navigation within the scholarly fields of Egyptian and maritime archaeology. It highlights the under-studied nature of the Nile as a navigated landscape, and explores the reasons for that omission – pointing to Orientalist historical narratives, a preoccupation with site-based terrestrial archaeology, maritime archaeology’s historical emphasis on boats and scuba-based activity, and the impact of the Aswan High Dam on our awareness of the Nile flood cycle. It outlines the three-part structure of the book, which in turn addresses medieval Nile geography; the navigational experience; and the placement of ports within the navigated landscape.

Keywords:   Egypt, Nile, Delta, Archaeology, Geography, Cultural Landscape, Navigation

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