On Hiding One’s Identity and History being Still Silent about That – Lake Nasser in Action
These days one may read about Darfur conflict and humanitarian crisis, Chad-Sudan conflict, Islamization of Africa as political determination of it, Red Sea borders with Saudi-Arabia of States in Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, (Ethiopia)), economic relations of this area with China, pharmaceutical factory at Khartoum, UN action and organizations in Sudan, influence of imperialism and prev, colonialism, separation of Southern Sudan and the Republic of Sudan in 2011, even violation of Western human rights in this area outside of Europe … Taken together with Iraqi wars and Arab spring, one can see how the circle around Saudi Arabia is becoming tighter and tighter. (And thinking as a citizen of the EU I cannot escape writing here the question whose neighbourhood policy are we talking of when we talk about EU’s southern neighbourhood – the EU’s policy or Saudi Arabia’s neighbourhood policy or the US foreign policy?)
Observing that, no one talks about ethnic and linguistic diversity in the region, for example, Nubia and Nubians – descendents of the ancient Nubians, who inhabited the Nubian region from Aswan (Egypt) from about 7000 B.C.E. to about 1500 C.E., thereafter conquered by Muslims. Johanna Granville writes in “The Nubians.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, edited by P. N. Stearns. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 that Egyptian objects have been found in Nubian graves confessing about close, but complex Egyptian-Nubian cultural ties from prehistoric times http://www.scribd.com/doc/13716966/Nubians-of-Egypt-and-Sudan-Past-and-Present , still the Egyptians later treated Nubians as Africans and brought them to Egypt as slaves. Granville also writes that the ancient Nubian civilization had at appr. 7000 B.C.E. built palaces, temples, and 223 Nubian pyramids (tombs) (twice the number of pyramids in Egypt), discovered in the ancient cities along the Nile in Sudan (Kerma, Napata, Nuri, Naga, and Meroe).
Granville asserts that experts believe that the name “Nubia” derives from the ancient Egyptian word for gold (“nbu”) – I was thinking that the Egyptians have abandoned their ancient language which language may still be alive in the local but also Nubian dialects.
Gamal Abdel Nasser directed construction of the Aswan Dam (1958–1970) promising to reduce the risk of flooding along the Nile River and generate electricity. Instead the dam flooded Old Nubia with its priceless archaeological remains and Old Nubia now lies beneath this man-made Lake Nasser being 550 kilometres long and 35 kilometres across at its widest point in southern Egypt and northern Sudan.
Probably a miscalculation by historically smart nation. But with regard to such huge miscalculations in history one cannot escape the question maybe someone benefited? Because so many smart people were involved. And I personally cannot escape the next question – who could benefit? – The Egyptians themselves (as there exist strong trends among the youth toward Western values, even Eastern values but not toward Southern (meaning African) values –as there still are Egyptians who do not wish to be determined as Africans but rather as Westerners or at least belonging to the Middle East with other Arab States. When I look at Meroitic alphabet, I see similar to Ancient Egyptian letters, such as m(a), l(a), k(a).[n], [e], [y], [te], [e] – I do not have my copybook around here but I think it suffices for getting a very general picture.
Or can you escape the question why didn’t the smart Englishmen help with calculations?
Or – knowing that we owe our mathematics and even the numbering system to Arabs – may I ask whether someone could think somehow that way – you destroy the roots of a nation and it will loose its power and be like „sand in the wind“ or clay in our hands?