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Author Austen, Ralph A

Title Trans-Saharan Africa in world history / Ralph A. Austen

Publ Info New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2010
 CCRI-Prov.  DT333 .A94 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DT333 .A94 2010    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  DT333 .A94 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 157 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series New Oxford world history
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents 1. Introduction to the Sahara : from desert barrier to global highway -- 2. Caravan commerce and African economies -- 3. Ruling the Sahara and its "shores" -- 4. Islam -- 5. Islamicate culture -- 6. European colonialism : disruption and continuity of trans-Saharan links
Note "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 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."--Provided by publisher
LC subject Sahara -- History
Sahara -- Civilization
Trade routes -- Sahara -- History
Sahara -- Commerce -- History
Islam -- Sahara -- History
ISBN 9780195157314 (hc.)
0195157311 (hc.)
9780195337884 (pbk.)
0195337883 (pbk.)