Medieval West Africa (Paperback)

Medieval West Africa By Nehemia Levtzion (Editor), Jay Spalding (Editor) Cover Image

Medieval West Africa (Paperback)

By Nehemia Levtzion (Editor), Jay Spalding (Editor)

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This book tells the story of West Africa south of the Sahara from the ninth to the fourteenth century from the viewpoint of Arab geographers, historians, and travelers. The first reports in written Arabic sources deal with urban west African centers from the seventh century. The growth of the trans-Saharan trade and the process of Islamization enriched outsiders' knowledge about "the lands of the blacks." Geographers such as al-Bakri and al-Idrisi provided the most accurate descriptions, including maps of the region. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Ghana converted to Islam and encyclopedists compiled substantial material on the region. The best-known Arab traveler, Ibn Battuta, and the eminent historian Ibn Khaldun provided the most detailed and comprehensive first-hand information about West Africa in the fourteenth century.
Product Details ISBN: 9781558763050
ISBN-10: 1558763058
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers
Publication Date: May 1st, 2011
Pages: 164
Language: English