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Medieval Nubia: A Social and Economic History

Giovanni R. Ruffini


This book explores the history of medieval Nubia through the Old Nubian documentary archives excavated at Qasr Ibrim in southern Egypt. It focuses in particular on a single archive of land sales from the late twelfth century ad. It argues that the evidence from this archive alters our understanding of medieval Nubian society and economy. We should no longer see medieval Nubia as an isolated society with a primitive, demonetized economy. Nubian sales and accounts show wide levels of monetization. The accounts reveal gold-to-silver exchange rates in keeping with those of neighboring Egypt, thus ... More

Keywords: medieval Nubia, Qasr Ibrim, land sales, Mediterranean society, Old Nubian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199891634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanni R. Ruffini, author
Fairfield University