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The Resource Trans-Saharan Africa in world history, Ralph A. Austen

Trans-Saharan Africa in world history, Ralph A. Austen

Label
Trans-Saharan Africa in world history
Title
Trans-Saharan Africa in world history
Statement of responsibility
Ralph A. Austen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Synopsis: During the heyday of camel caravan traffic-from the eighth century CE arrival of Islam in North Africa to the early twentieth-century building of European colonial railroads that linked the Sudan with the Atlantic-the Sahara was one of the world's great commercial highways, bringing gold, slaves, and other commodities northward and sending both manufactured goods and Mediterranean culture southward into the Sudan. Historian Ralph A. Austen here tells the remarkable story of an African world that grew out of more than one thousand years of trans-Saharan trading. Perhaps the most enduring impact of this trade and the common cultural reference point of trans-Saharan Africa was Islam. Austen traces this faith in its various forms-as a legal system for regulating trade, an inspiration for reformist movements, and a vehicle of literacy and cosmopolitan knowledge. He also analyzes the impact of European overseas expansion, which marginalized trans-Saharan commerce in global terms but stimulated its local growth. Indeed, trans-Saharan culture not only adapted to colonial changes, but often thrived upon them, remaining a potent force into the twenty-first century
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Austen, Ralph A
Dewey number
966
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DT333
LC item number
.A94 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New Oxford world history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sahara
  • Trade routes
  • Sahara
  • Islam
Label
Trans-Saharan Africa in world history, Ralph A. Austen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 4:
  • Islam
  • 5:
  • Islamicate Culture
  • 6:
  • European Colonialism: Disruption and Continuity of Trans-Saharan Links
  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Editor's preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Preface
  • 1:
  • Introduction to the Sahara: From Desert Barrier to Global Highway
  • 2:
  • Caravan Commerce and African Economies
  • 3:
  • Ruling the Sahara and Its "Shores"
Control code
ocn433550014
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 157 p.
Isbn
9780195337884
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009034133
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195337884
  • (OCoLC)433550014
Label
Trans-Saharan Africa in world history, Ralph A. Austen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 4:
  • Islam
  • 5:
  • Islamicate Culture
  • 6:
  • European Colonialism: Disruption and Continuity of Trans-Saharan Links
  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Further reading
  • Websites
  • Editor's preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Preface
  • 1:
  • Introduction to the Sahara: From Desert Barrier to Global Highway
  • 2:
  • Caravan Commerce and African Economies
  • 3:
  • Ruling the Sahara and Its "Shores"
Control code
ocn433550014
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 157 p.
Isbn
9780195337884
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009034133
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195337884
  • (OCoLC)433550014

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