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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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Imagining the Nile

Imagining the Nile

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The Medieval Nile

John P. Cooper

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter provides an overview of the history of human geographical portrayals of the Egyptian Nile. It traces the intellectual pathway from the seven-branched Delta described in loose terms by Greco-Roman authors such as Herodotus, Strabo and Ptolemy Claudius, through the transformed nomenclatures of Islamic-era geographers such as Ibn Hawqal and al-Idrisi, to modern contributions based on historical interpretations of these ancient texts and ongeomorphological investigations within the contemporary landscape. Finally, it outlines the methodology used by the author to combine diverse data from multiple sources into a ‘time-lapse’ cartography of the medieval Nile Delta.

Keywords:   Egypt, Nile, Delta, Geography, Cartography, Greco-Roman, Islamic, Methodology, landscape reconstruction

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