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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.253) 16 Conclusion
The Medieval Nile

John P. Cooper

American University in Cairo Press

This concluding chapter summarises the findings of the book and considers their implications for our understanding of Nile navigation in particular, and navigational landscapes in general. It outlines the changing geography of the Nile Delta, and summarises its implications for Nile navigation. It stresses the books findings that navigation was more complex, skilled and labor intensive than previously appreciated. And it identifies the navigational landscape of the Nile as being formed as much by geo-political considerations as by navigational priorities. Finally, it considers the implications of these observations for theories of the maritime cultural landscape.

Keywords:   Egypt, Nile, navigation, geography, politics, theory, maritime cultural landscapes

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