Qasr Ibrim’s Land Sales

Giovanni R. Ruffini

in Medieval Nubia

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199891634
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980048 | DOI:
Qasr Ibrim’s Land Sales

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This chapter summarizes the published and unpublished land sales from medieval Nubia written in the Old Nubian language. It gives a commentary on the legal transactions taking place in the published twelfth-century texts from Gerald Browne’s Old Nubian Texts from Qasr Ibrim III. It also gives a summary of similar transactions found in unpublished texts from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries AD. It then provides an analysis of the different types of land sales from Qasr Ibrim: Type 1, a direct sale of property from one person to another; Type 2, a sale between two parties in which a third party makes payment; and Type 3, a sale of one person’s land to another by a third party.

Keywords: Old Nubian archives; land sale types; land sale structure

Chapter.  3799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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