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Title:The Emergence of the United Kingdom of Nubia
Author:Kirwan, Lawrence P.
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic terms:Egypt
Subjects:Nubia polity
traditional polities
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The United Kingdom of Nubia arose out of two of the three kingdoms into which Nubia was divided in the sixth century AD. In the north there was Nobadia, the kingdom of the Noubades, known to Arab writers as al-Nuba, the country of the Nubians, and to the Egyptians as Maris. South of Nobadia was the kingdom of Makuria, al-Maqurra. The southernmost of the three kingdoms, Alodia or 'Alwa, remained independent and developed under rather different influences. The author reviews the information on Nubian history as presented by several sources. An important source is Ibn Salim who travelled through Nubia when it was already fully united and Dunqula was its capital and royal residence. The author seeks to answer the question when, and how and why, the union of the two kingdoms, Nobadia and Makuria, occurred. He ends with a few reflections on Ibn Salim, whose mission was to convert the Nubian sovereign to Islam. Ref.