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Identity and Memory in Christian Nubia: A study on strategies of (self-)presentation and preservation of the past in medieval African society

Project description

The formation of Nubian identity

The Battle of Dongola in 652 stopped Muslim expansion into Nubia. However, its social and cultural dimensions and its projection in future developments in the region remain unexplored. The EU-funded IaM NUBIAN project will investigate the formation of Nubian identity after this historical event and its transformation over time. By combining traditional historical disciplines with social sciences and statistics, the project will exploit documentary and literary evidence produced inside and outside Nubia in Greek, Coptic, Old Nubian and Arabic. The project will conduct four case studies on linguistic strategies of (self-) presentation, gender-determined identity, the role of public inscriptions and the perception of Nubians in external sources.


Net EU contribution
€ 187 572,48
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00