Christianity and monasticism have flourished along the Nile Valley in the Aswan region of Upper Egypt and in Nubia from as early as the fourth century until the present day. The contributors to this volume, specialists in Coptology from around the world, examine various aspects of Coptic civilization in Aswan and Nubia over the past centuries. The complexity of Christian identity in Nubia, as distinct from Egypt, is examined the context of church ritual and architecture. Many of the studies explore Coptic material culture (inscriptions, art, architecture, and archeology) and language and literature. The archeological and artistic heritage of monastic sites in Edfu, Aswan, Makuria, and Kom Ombo are highlighted, attesting to their important legacies in the region.