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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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Change in Religion in a Resettled Nubian Community, Upper Egypt

Change in Religion in a Resettled Nubian Community, Upper Egypt

(p.209) Change in Religion in a Resettled Nubian Community, Upper Egypt
Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter analyzes the Kanuba material collected during a two-year period of resident fieldwork (1963–64). The main theoretical proposition of the study is that resettlement has resulted in more contact and communication of Nubians with non-Nubian communities, consequently modifying some aspects of the traditional Nubian way of life. Cultural changes do not occur in isolation; thus, the changing conditions of Kanuba have directly or indirectly affected the community's religious system. The discussion considers what happens to traditional religious beliefs and practices in a Muslim community undergoing change due to an accelerated trend of modernization brought about by resettlement. There is a trend toward Islamization: reinforcing the significance of the essentials of orthodox Islam for everyday village life despite the secular characteristics that have appeared in Nubian ceremonial activities.

Keywords:   Islamic activities, orthodox rituals, ceremonial activities, Kanuba, resettlement

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