Interesting essay by Jesse Benjamin entitled 'Nubians and Nabateans: Implications of research on neglected dimensions of ancient world history.' The abstract of the piece states the following;
"The exploration of relations between the Nubians and the Nabateans opens new possibilities concerning the historical and historiographic linkages between ancient East Africa and the ancient Middle East. In large part, such an analysis speaks to the re-mapping of Ancient World relations and the role of anti-colonial historiography in the execution of such a task. Anti-colonial historiography has challenged the presuppositions of the modern political construction of these regions and their interaction. It has done so by posing critical questions concerning the re-reading of existing data and, therefore, the reconstruction of the historical record. The new direction into Nubian/Nabatean relations initiates a broader cultural analysis of the "Old World" in the "Classical Era."
Great essay by Jesse Benjamin. I always felt their was more to the cross cultural relationships of the ancient peoples of Africa,on the Levant, & the so call Middle East ; than what was being told by those who always wanted to down play Africa's influence. Mostly it is Africa being influenced by outside peoples & cultures & not the other way around that has been highlighted by white historians with a racial agenda. What I got from this essay is that we must rethink Africa's influence in ancient times. Not knowing much about the Nabateans other than they where the cross roads of trade & commerce of the times, & built some impressive cities & temples carved in living rock, this essay helps me put them in context, & how the peoples of the Nile Valley, Ethiopia, & East Africa, might have interacted with, & upon each other, with the Nabateans being in the mix of things.