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Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165610

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165610.001.0001

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Contested Frontiers: Southern Egypt and Northern Nubia, AD 300–1500

Contested Frontiers: Southern Egypt and Northern Nubia, AD 300–1500

The Evidence of the Inscriptions

(p.63) 8 Contested Frontiers: Southern Egypt and Northern Nubia, AD 300–1500
Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia

Jacques van der Vliet

American University in Cairo Press

Frontiers, which may seem static and eternal at first sight, can acquire a dynamic aspect and come to foster processes of change in the political, linguistic, cultural, and religious identities of social groups. This essay is therefore devoted to a chronological discussion of three groups of selected inscriptions that cover a thousand years of Christianity in the broader Aswan region. The bulk of these texts are in Greek and Sahidic Coptic, representing the written codes of the elite groups that produced them.

Keywords:   Inscriptions, Coptic, Christianity, Nubia, Aswan, Egypt, frontier, Jacques van der Vliet

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