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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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Nubian Culture and Ethnicity

Nubian Culture and Ethnicity

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Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

The Nubians are far from disappearing as a distinctive part of Egyptian society. First, they share economic interests in the new settlements and residual claims to the land of Old Nubia. While some of the houses are presently empty, their owners settled in Lower Egypt use them as vacation homes, sending their children and elderly parents there part of the year and maintaining their claims. In addition to their common economic interests in New Nubia, the Nubians are becoming an increasingly important economic and political force in Upper Egypt. So far as other Egyptians are concerned, individual Nubians are free to pursue paths of individual mobility and become part of the population at large, as many Nubians have done in past generations. Moreover, Egypt is not a racist society and being a Muslim is a serious claim to equality, superseding all other social characteristics.

Keywords:   Aswan dam, Cairo, Nile, Egypt, New Nubia, Muslim

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