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Medieval NubiaA Social and Economic History$
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Giovanni R. Ruffini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199891634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891634.001.0001

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Qasr Ibrim and Christian Nubia

Qasr Ibrim and Christian Nubia

(p.1) Introduction Qasr Ibrim and Christian Nubia
Medieval Nubia

Giovanni R. Ruffini

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the reader to Dotawo, the kingdom of medieval Nubia in southern Egypt and Sudan that remained independent from the seventh century to the fifteenth century ad. It introduces the reader to Qasr Ibrim, one of Dotawo’s major settlements in Lower Nubia, in southern Egypt, where archaeological excavations uncovered hundreds of texts from the later medieval period from the 1960s to the 1980s. It summarizes the key goals of the book: to identify the owner of one of Qasr Ibrim’s chief archives as Mashshouda the choiak-eikshil, to use Qasr Ibrim’s archives to demonstrate the existence of monetization and private land tenure in medieval Nubia, to show how Nubia’s legal tradition represented a fusion of Greco-Roman and indigenous practices, and to argue that medieval Nubia was a Mediterranean society in Africa.

Keywords:   Dotawo, Qasr Ibrim, Old Nubian, Archive 3, Makuria

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