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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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(p.81) Introduction
Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

Out of more than 125 published and unpublished pieces by at least twenty-eight different authors associated with the Nubian Ethnological Survey at various times between 1961 and 1965, sixteen have been selected to give a sense of the range and development of the project. Many of these sixteen are either unpublished or were published in sources that are now out of print and difficult to access. This part of the book aims to illustrate and exemplify the research process in the NES and portray some of the changes among Nubians. Some theoretical themes appear including ecology, migration, forms of community solidarity, and identity or ethnicity. The adaptation of the various Nubian communities to their physical and social environment was one of the starting points of the research project. As Nubians have relocated and moved into the wider socio-economic environment, employment and professionalization have become significant issues.

Keywords:   NES, Islam, rural Egypt, ecological adaptation, Nubians

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