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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Medieval Nile

John P. Cooper

American University in Cairo Press

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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