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Historical Dictionary of Medieval Christian Nubia

Historical Dictionary of Medieval Christian Nubia

by Richard A. Lobban Jr.

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Medieval Christian Nubia is often a neglected period of medieval African history. Because meaning is determined largely by context this work traces the Greco-Roman, Meroitic and Jewish precursors. The regional, historical and theological schisms within Christianity are also a highlight. The dynamics of the three Nubian kingdoms of Nobatia, Mukurra, and Alwa are the centerpiece of this book that covers mural arts, architecture, and the names of the leading kings and bishops. Another strength of the book is the analysis of the 700-year baqt peace treaty between Christian Nubia and Islamic Egypt; this is considered to be the longest lasting treaty in diplomatic history. The complex transition from Christianity to Islam in the 14th century is analyzed in great personal, political, and military detail.

Historical Dictionary of Medieval Christian Nubia contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture of the medieval Nubians. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Medieval Christian Nubia.

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ISBN-13: 9781538133415
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 62 MB
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About the Author

Richard A. Lobban a professional Africanist anthropologist and a writer on Sudanese or Nubian history for 50 years. He taught anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College where he retired as department Chair and began a second career teaching African and military studies for the US Navy.

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Editor’s Foreword


Readers’ Notes

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The Dictionary


  1. Main Language Groups found in Medieval Nubia
  2. The Salvage of Ancient Nubian Temples in Egypt
  3. The Salvage of Ancient Nubian Temples in Sudan
  4. Implications of the High Dam at Aswan
  5. Bishops of Faras
  6. Kings of Christian Nubia
  7. Christian Faiths

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