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Historical Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Nubia (Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras) Hardcover – January 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0810847842 ISBN-10: 0810847841

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...one of the dictionary's strengths is the author's insight, present throughout. Entries exhibit a fair amount of interpretation, many with qualifiers such as 'was presumed to be semi-sedentary' or 'may or may not have been the true lineal descendant of', which gives a broader indication of the state of Nubian studies. By such phrasing the reader is made aware of debated issues and in many cases on which side the author stands....Ancient and Medieval Nubia will serve both students and scholars, particularly those who are not Nubian specialists. (Journal Of African History)

Richard Lobban provides an impressively wide-ranging and comprehensive overview of Nubian history and archaeology that spans the Paleolithic through the medieval Christian era, including the beginnings of Islam. He also incorporates a large number of relevant Egyptian topics, very appropriate given the long history of interaction between the two regions....Historical Dictionary of Ancient and Medieval Nubia is a very useful starting point for inquiries about pre-Islamic Nubia. Lobban's work is impressively comprehensive in reach; most of the entries are fine and many are excellent...Lobban provides Africanists and other scholars interested in Nubia with a very useful resource... (International Journal Of African Historical Studies)

Overall this volume belongs in all research, university, and college libraries as well as in central county and city library systems. Its material will help readers see the complexities of ancient history and understand how these ancient civilizations relate to recent history. (Arba)

Recommended. General and academic collections. (Choice)

...not only a useful dictionary on this fascinating civilization, but also an excellent introduction to its history, life, and impact upon other civilizations of its day....for those institutions supporting the study of ancient Egypt or African history, it will be a welcome addition to an area lacking in good reference sources. (Reference & User Services Quarterly)

At least forty-five centuries of civilization are dealt with in more than five hundred terms compiled on the basis of recent and updated acknowledgements and conceived as essential monographs. It is therefore an extremely ample survey, and yet fully mastered by such a highly appreciated researcher such as Lobban. Having put aside the now obsolete propensities for Egypt, he neatly outlines how the regions extending beyond the first cataract of the Nile yielded such kind of contributions that provide to be fundamental for the development of the different Mediterranean civilizations. (Eugenio Fantusati)

The significance of this work is exceptional... (Mahgoub El-Tigani Sudan-L)

About the Author

Richard Andrew Lobban, Jr. is Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College where he served as Director, Program of African and Afro-American Studies. He was a founder and first president of the Sudan Studies Association in 1981. He has also published extensively on Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Tunisia.

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