Artur Obluski is the coptic visiting professor in Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. He is also director of the Research Center in Cairo, Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw and research associate at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. He received his MPhil in Coptic Archaeology from University of Warsaw and PhD in Nubiology from the same institution. He worked as an archaeologist at several sites in the Nile Valley like Alexandria, Marina al-Alamein, Naqlun monastery as well as Old Dongola, Banganarti and Zuma. He took part in the Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project at the fourth Nile Cataract, led project on revitalization of the oldest preserved mosque in Sudan (Old Dongola) and is carrying out excavations at the Nubian monastery of Ghazali, Sudan. At the moment, he is finishing a book on Nubian monasticism. He is a recipient of prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant for investigation of metamorphosis of the Christian community of a capital city of Makuria to a Muslim community of a city-state.