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Ethnological Survey of Nubia

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/9789774164019.003.0005
Ethnological Survey of Nubia

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The building of the High Dam at Aswan was central to the most comprehensive scheme of economic development yet undertaken by modern Egypt. Numerous far-reaching benefits were to be realized by the High Dam, 1.3 million feddans of land were to be made available for cultivation for the first time, thousands of feddans of marginal land were to be brought into full production, and a hydro-electric power source was be made available for industrial development. The government of the United Arab Republic (UAR) planned for the Nubain population relocation. The resettlement of the Nubian population in the region of Kom Ombo, north of Aswan, was to involve nearly 50,000 persons. A comprehensive ethnological study of Egyptian Nubia was put under way under the direction of the Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University in Cairo. Scholars and students from the universities of Cairo, Ain Shams, and Alexandria participated in this study.

Keywords: Aswan dam; Egypt; ethnological survey; Nubian resettlement; UAR; Kom Ombo

Chapter.  2336 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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