The Nile: Histories, Cultures, Myths / Edition 1

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Contributors, consisting of historians and other scholars from Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Europe, Israel, Sudan, and the US, trace the complex intercultural relations that have revolved around the Nile River throughout recorded history. The volume's 20 articles focus on four themes: peoples and identities in medieval times; the Nile as seen from a distance (such as from Europe and as a gateway for missionary activity); mid-century perspectives; and contemporary views including the Aswan High Dam and revolutionary symbolism in Egypt. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555876722
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 305
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Map of the Nile Basin
1 Introduction 1
2 The Spread of Islam and the Nubian Dam 17
3 Ethiopia's Alleged Control of the Nile 25
4 Consolidation of Christianity Around the Source of the Blue Nile 39
5 Did Jewish Influence Reach Ethiopia via the Nile? 57
6 Arab Geographers, the Nile, and the History of Bilad al-Sudan 71
7 Up the River or Down the River? An Afrocentrist Dilemma 79
8 Renaissance Geographical Literature and the Nile 105
9 The Legend of the Blue Nile in Europe 121
10 The "Gondar Utopia" 131
11 The Nile as a Gateway for Missionary Activity in Abyssinia 139
12 The Father of Rivers: The Nile in Ethiopian Literature 153
13 Brothers Along the Nile: Egyptian Concepts of Race and Ethnicity, 1895-1910 171
14 Egypt, Ethiopia, and "The Abyssinian Crisis," 1935-1936 183
15 Geographers and Nationalism in Egypt: Huzayyin and the Unity of the Nile Valley, 1945-1948 199
16 The Aswan High Dam and Revolutionary Symbolism in Egypt 219
17 The Nile in Egyptian-Sudanese Relations, 1956-1995 227
18 Removing the Nubians: The Halfawis at Khashm al-Girba 235
19 In Search of the Nile Waters, 1900-2000 245
20 Conclusion: Historical Legacies and Present Concerns 269
Bibliography 273
The Contributors 291
Index 295
About the Book 305
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