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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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Nile Journey Times

Nile Journey Times

(p.155) 10 Nile Journey Times
The Medieval Nile

John P. Cooper

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter uses data from the travel accounts of people sailing on the river in the medieval and early modern periods to establish typical times taken to travel between key locations on the Egyptian Nile using pre-modern sailing technology and in conditions that existed before the damming of the Nile. In particular it investigates river journey times in Upper Egypt between Cairo, Qus and Aswan, and also the overland journey times between these cities to the Red Sea ports of al-Quseir and ‘Aydhab. In the Delta it looks at the times taken to travel between Cairo and Alexandria, Rosetta, Damietta, Tinnis and al-Qulzum. Where possible, it considers the seasons in which those journeys took place, and relates the experiences of individual travellers.

Keywords:   Egypt, Nile, river, navigation, journey times, Upper Egypt, Nile Delta

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