Change in Religion in a Resettled Nubian Community, Upper Egypt

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:
Change in Religion in a Resettled Nubian Community, Upper Egypt

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This chapter analyzes the Kanuba material collected during a two-year period of resident fieldwork (1963–64). The main theoretical proposition of the study is that resettlement has resulted in more contact and communication of Nubians with non-Nubian communities, consequently modifying some aspects of the traditional Nubian way of life. Cultural changes do not occur in isolation; thus, the changing conditions of Kanuba have directly or indirectly affected the community's religious system. The discussion considers what happens to traditional religious beliefs and practices in a Muslim community undergoing change due to an accelerated trend of modernization brought about by resettlement. There is a trend toward Islamization: reinforcing the significance of the essentials of orthodox Islam for everyday village life despite the secular characteristics that have appeared in Nubian ceremonial activities.

Keywords: Islamic activities; orthodox rituals; ceremonial activities; Kanuba; resettlement

Chapter.  6732 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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