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The Medieval Nile: Route, Navigation, and Landscape in Islamic Egypt

John Cooper


This ground-breaking view of the navigational landscape of the Nile in medieval Egypt draws on a broad range of sources: medieval Arabic geographies; traveler accounts; archaeology; and meteorological, hydrological, and geological studies. John Cooper first charts the changing geography of the Nile waterways, particularly in the Delta, from the eve of Islam to the early modern period, and logs the “rise and fall” of these waterways for natural and/or anthropogenic reasons. He then presents a new perspective on the Nile, drawing on traveler accounts and environmental data to portray the river a ... More

Keywords: Egypt, Nile, Navigation, Geography, Cartography, Archaeology, Delta, Medieval, Landscape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9789774166143
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Cooper, author
Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter