Nubian Land Sales as a Legal Genre

Giovanni R. Ruffini

in Medieval Nubia

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199891634
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980048 | DOI:
Nubian Land Sales as a Legal Genre

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This chapter begins with a survey of the general format of Nubian land sales and a discussion of the purchase prices these land sales indicate for the plots of land at stake. It attempts to use the description of these plots in concert with general information about the watering capacity of a saqiya or waterwheel to determine the size of the typical Nubian land holding. It then explores the evidence for a possible system of land surveys in medieval Nubia and the evidence for land inheritance, land fragmentation, and potential inheritance disputes in medieval Nubia.

Keywords: cost of land; size of plots; inheritance; land surveys; saqiya

Chapter.  5786 words. 

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

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