Initial Adaptations to a New Life for Egyptian Nubians

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:
Initial Adaptations to a New Life for Egyptian Nubians

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In the fall of 1963, the United Arab Republic (UAR) began the orderly relocation of all the Nubian communities along the Nile between Aswan and the Sudanese border, a move necessitated by the construction of the High Dam and involving a population of nearly 50,000 persons. This chapter describes some of the social adaptations made by the Nubians during their first year of resettlement, attempting to show the interplay between external conditions, determined both by the government and the new environment, and the creative and culturally channeled responses to these conditions on the part of the Nubians. A description of the Nubians' first experimental attempts at adaptation could prove useful for later studies of social change in the new settlement.

Keywords: Nubian resettlement; relocation; social change; UAR; Aswan; Sudan

Chapter.  7233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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