A Scholar of Two Worlds Looks at the Marchland Between Egypt and Kush (Essay)
The Journal of the American Oriental Society 2010, Oct-Dec, 130, 4
The Journal of the American Oriental Society
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The provocative thinking and prodigious scholarship of one of Nubian studies' brightest beacons is fully on display in a large-scale and systematic reconsideration of northern Nubia's special place in ancient history. He examines the problem in considerable, often exhaustive, detail, and he presents various points of view, a most useful practice in this case, for Torok is entirely willing to advance controversial opinions and to explicitly change his mind. The remarks below can do little justice to a work of this sweep, scale, and detail. I will, instead, deal with open issues and perspectives differing from those of the author, thoughts often provoked by the author himself. As scholars, especially Laszlo Torok, in the last half century have developed an appreciation of Nubia's self-awareness and cultural integrity, the region between the great centers of Egypt and Sudan has become something of a problem. Approaches to northern (Lower) Nubia have ranged from using it to stand for Africa in Egyptology generally, to seeing it as an aberration within Nubia and almost irrelevant. Torok is not necessarily working to strike a balance, but to give fuller consideration to a wider range of sources in appraising the role of this region. Some relatively recent developments encourage this effort, since the archaeology of Sudan is now much better known than it was a generation or so ago, important phases of Lower Nubian culture are illuminated more brightly, and especially because the major written documents have now been assembled into a compact library of source materials, in large part by the author. (1) He considers the problem in some broad phases, Neolithic, with A-Group and the emerging Egyptian State, the phases after A-Group but before the Egyptian New Kingdom, Egyptian control during the New Kingdom, and the Kushite Empire of Napata and Meroe and its aftermath.
- 2,99 €
- Category: Social Science
- Published: 01 October 2010
- Publisher: American Oriental Society
- Print Length: 18 Pages
- Language: English