Archive of Nubian Language and Culture

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 29 EUL MS 183
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Nubian languages, English, and Arabic.
  • Physical Description
      1 box, 1 very large rolled genealogical chart. The genealogical chart is badly damaged and in need of restoration.

Scope and Content

There are six cassettes and one reel-to-reel tape of field recordings made by Dr Peter L Shinnie of the Mahas dialect of Nubian, together with research notes and correspondence, including key word lists relating to the Mahas, Kunuz and Dongalawi dialects. Some of these tapes and their transcripts relate to taped sentences translated into Mahas by the family of Ali Osman in Mishakeili, who worked with Dr Shinnie on the project in the 1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Archive of Nubian Language and Culture is a planned artificial collection of material on Nubian language and culture collected by Professor W Herman Bell, Visiting Professor in the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies. It currently consists of a collection of field recordings and notes made by Dr Peter Shinnie, of the Dept of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Canada, in the 1970s and 1980s, and a large genealogical chart from Nubia drawn up in the 1950s and collected by Muhammed Jal?l H?shim, a PhD student at Portsmouth University.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.


Description compiled by Ian Mortimer, Archivist, 11 December 2001. Hub description entered by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 9 September 2003.

Other Finding Aids


Alternative Form Available

Dr Peter Shinnie has retained copies of the tapes.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Custodial History

Professor Bell made his first deposit of papers in November 2001.



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