Contents: Preface; Introduction: Post-Meroitic Nubia - a reappraisal; Nubia - an African frontier zone; Rome beyond the southern Egyptian frontier; The international position of Sudan in Roman and medieval times; Greek and Roman expeditions to the Southern Sudan; The decline and fall of Meroe; An Ethiopian-Sudanese frontier zone in ancient history; The 'Christian topography' and the Kingdom of Axum; A survey of Nubian origins; The problem of the Nubian X-Group; Comments on the origins and history of the Nobatae of Procopius; The early history of the Blemmyes; Tanqasi and the Noba; Aksum, Meroe, and the Ballana civilisation; The X-Group problem; A contemporary account of the conversion of the Sudan to Christianity; Christianity and the Kur'A!n; Prelude to Nubian Christianity; The nature of Nubian Christianity; Some thoughts on the conversion of Nubia to Christianity; The birth of Christian Nubia: some archaeological problems; Christianity in the Central Sudan: the Byzantine mission and Nubian Alwa; Notes on the topography of the Christian Nubian kingdoms; The emergence of the United Kingdom of Nubia; Studies in the later history of Nubia; Indexes.
Sir Laurence Kirwan, edited by T. Hagg, University of Bergen, Norway, L. Torok, Archaeological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, and D.A. Welsby, The British Museum, London, UK
'In addition to rescuing the researcher seeking help from Sir Laurence's fine scholarship, succinct style, and keen mind from some bibliographical frustration, the editors have provided useful indexes that link all of the papers together. All of these features make this volume a valuable instrument for those interested in the events of the first millennium A.D. in Nubia and the Red Sea region.' Journal of Near Eastern Studies