The Village Community of al-Dirr, 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:
The Village Community of al-Dirr, Nubia

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This chapter chooses the Lower Nubian village of al–Dirr as a headquarters to study those villages which would inevitably be doomed to destruction as a consequence of resettlement. The native population had to come to terms with the idea that they would have to sacrifice their homes and living space to the technical and economic requirements of the state, and to seek a new home in foreign parts. The village territory of al–Dirr stretches along the east bank of the Nile about 200 kilometers south of Aswan. It includes twelve hamlets of various sizes and dissimilar population densities. The flooding of al–Dirr occurred after the second raising of the Aswan dam about thirty years ago. The houses, which had been preserved by the sand for endless periods, could not withstand the rising waters of the dam lake more than a short while, and then collapsed into the flood.

Keywords: Nile; lower Nubia; hamlet; flooding; boat landing

Chapter.  3754 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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