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Introduction

Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

in Nubian Encounters

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164019
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970382 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.003.0004
Introduction

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Out of more than 125 published and unpublished pieces by at least twenty-eight different authors associated with the Nubian Ethnological Survey at various times between 1961 and 1965, sixteen have been selected to give a sense of the range and development of the project. Many of these sixteen are either unpublished or were published in sources that are now out of print and difficult to access. This part of the book aims to illustrate and exemplify the research process in the NES and portray some of the changes among Nubians. Some theoretical themes appear including ecology, migration, forms of community solidarity, and identity or ethnicity. The adaptation of the various Nubian communities to their physical and social environment was one of the starting points of the research project. As Nubians have relocated and moved into the wider socio-economic environment, employment and professionalization have become significant issues.

Keywords: NES; Islam; rural Egypt; ecological adaptation; Nubians

Chapter.  1382 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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