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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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Nubian Land Sales as a Legal Genre

Nubian Land Sales as a Legal Genre

(p.76) 4 Nubian Land Sales as a Legal Genre
Medieval Nubia

Giovanni R. Ruffini

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a survey of the general format of Nubian land sales and a discussion of the purchase prices these land sales indicate for the plots of land at stake. It attempts to use the description of these plots in concert with general information about the watering capacity of a saqiya or waterwheel to determine the size of the typical Nubian land holding. It then explores the evidence for a possible system of land surveys in medieval Nubia and the evidence for land inheritance, land fragmentation, and potential inheritance disputes in medieval Nubia.

Keywords:   cost of land, size of plots, inheritance, land surveys, saqiya

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