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Nūba
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, the mediaeval Islamic form for the land of Nubia, lying to the south of Egypt, and its peoples.

1. Definition

The names Nubia, Nubian, Nūba are commonly used without scientific precision and it is only in the linguistic sense that they have an unambiguous meaning. The frontier separating Nubia from Egypt proper is well defined as the first cataract of the Nile in the neighbourhood of Aswān, and the area where Nubian is spoken nowadays ends in the vicinity of the 18th parallel, but the southern limit of Nubia is so…

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Hillelson, S., Christides, V., Bosworth, C.E., Kaye, A.S. and Shahi, Ahmed al-, “Nūba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0870>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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