A language of Sudan

Alternate Names
Fiadidja-Mahas, Mahas-Fiadidja, Mahas-Fiyadikkya

295,000 in Sudan (1996). Total users in all countries: 669,000.


Northern state: Wadi Halfa district, Burgeg to Wadi Halfa; possibly east of Khartoum city, New Halfa area.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Mahas (Mahasi, Mahass). Lexical similarity: 67% with Kenzi [xnz], but not intelligible of it.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Also use Sudanese Spoken Arabic [apd].

Language Development

Literature. Grammar. Bible portions: 1860–1899. The goals of the Nubian Language Society are to revitalize the Nubian language, teach the Nubian language to all Nubian people, and develop the Nubian language to cope with technology and modern life (Jaeger 2008). Agency: Nubian Language Society.


Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Coptic script [Copt], Old Nubian variant. Latin script [Latn].

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