Field Research in a Nubian Village

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:
Field Research in a Nubian Village

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This chapter deals with the village known as Kanuba (pseudonym). It is one of several villages that Egyptian Nubians established below Aswan in the Nile Valley as a result of the inundation of their lands when the first Aswan Dam was twice raised, in 1912 and 1933. Following the inundation of this land, the remaining Nubians moved in 1964 to a new site. They are now settled on recently reclaimed lands in the Kom Ombo area. In their new location, which has become known as “New Nubia”, Nubians have been provided with schools, health facilities, agricultural services, and a greater opportunity to become part of the larger Egyptian society. The contrasts between Kanuba and the New Nubian villages should help to pinpoint indices to be used in identifying the termination of the transitional period that follows mass population movements.

Keywords: Kanuba; village leadership; New Nubia; anthropology; Kom Ombo; population movements

Chapter.  7996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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