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Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia (Ethnicity in Global Focus)by John A. Shoup
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Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East contains encyclopedic entries arranged alphabetically within ethno-linguistic classifications. Each entry has four main sections: an introduction identifying the language group, where they are found, and their numbers; a brief discussion of their origins and early history; a section on cultural life that includes religion, literature, social organization, and art; and a final section on political organization and recent history.
The contents are appropriate for high school and undergraduate students as well as for experts who need a refresher on groups in Africa and the Middle East. While certain ethnic groups have been combined into a single entry, some—such as the Tuareg, who are a Berber people—are described within their own entries because of their importance in history or cultural domination.
Book News Annotation:
Shoup (anthropology, Al Akhawayn U., Morocco) offers an encyclopedia for high school and college students and scholars that contains entries arranged alphabetically by specific ethno-linguistic groups in Africa and the Middle East, from the Berbers to the Yoruba. Each entry discusses the population and centers of a language group; its origins and early history; cultural life, including religion, literature, social organization, and art; and political organization and recent history, economic factors, and issues. Those speaking closely related languages are grouped together, and those with specific historical or political importance are listed separately. Afghanistan, the Caucasus, and Central Asia are excluded. A geographical index is provided in addition to the general index. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This encyclopedia is an essential guide to the different ethno-linguistic groups in Africa and today's complicated Middle East region.
• Contains contributions from international scholars and independent researchers who have lived and worked in countries such as Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea Conakry, Jordan, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria
• Includes bibliographic information after each entry, photographs, and an index
Africa and the Middle East contain 70 countries and well over one billion individuals, comprising countless ethnicities and discrete peoples. From Afghanistan to Morocco to Zimbabwe, the range of ethnic diversity within the African continent and the Middle East is enormous.
• Presents up-to-date information on the peoples of the Middle East and Africa in a single encyclopedia
• Covers political, economic, social, and cultural contributions beyond the Middle East and Africa, such as African influences on Caribbean and North American languages and belief systems
• Utilizes consistent, alphabetically arranged entries (each accompanied by a short reference list) for easy and quick access to reference information
• Provides information appropriate for both beginners and advanced students of Africa and the Middle East
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