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The The Cambridge History of Africa : The Cambridge History of Africa From C.1050-c.1600 v.3 - Roland Oliver

The The Cambridge History of Africa

The Cambridge History of Africa From C.1050-c.1600 v.3

By: Roland Oliver (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1977
ISBN: 9780521209816
Number Of Pages: 818

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The five and a half centuries described in this volume were those in which Iron Age cultures passed from their early and experimental phases into stages of maturity characterized by long-distance trade and complex, many-tiered political systems. In Egypt and North Africa it was a period of religious and cultural consolidation when the Arabic language and the faith of Islam were adopted by the majority of the indigenous Copts and Berbers. In the sub-Saharan Savanna it was a period rather of penetration when Muslim merchants and clerics built up small but significant minorities of Negro African converts. Muslim migrants conquered the Nilotic Sudan, encircled Christian Ethiopia and settled the coastline of eastern Africa. Intercontinental trade developed across the whole width of the Sahara and also toward the Indian Ocean ports. During the last century and a half of the period the Portuguese opened the Atlantic coasts and competed with the Muslim traders of the Indian Ocean. But throughout the period African states, large and small, were strong enough, relatively, to control their visitors from the outside world. The main significance of the outsiders, whether Muslim or Christian, was as literate observers of the African scene.

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Introduction: some interregional themes
Egypt, Nubia, and the Eastern Deserts
Ethiopia, the Red Sea and the Horn
The East Coast, Madagascar and the Indian Ocean
The eastern Maghrib and the central
The western Maghrib and Sudan
Upper and lower guinea
Central Africa from Cameroun to the Zambezi
Southern Africa
The East African interior
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ISBN: 9780521209816
ISBN-10: 0521209811
Series: Cambridge History of Africa the Cambridge History of Africa : Book 3
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 818
Published: 28th January 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.75  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.2