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The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge World Archaeology)by Timothy Insoll
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This comprehensive study of the impact of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa charts the historical background and archaeological evidence attesting to the spread of Islam across the Sudan, Ethiopia, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Nigeria. Surveying a timespan from the immediate pre-Islamic period through to the present, Timothy Insoll analyzes the processes (jihad, trade, missionary activity, prestige) by which Islam spread. This book is relevant to scholars, students and all readers interested in Africa, archaeology, religion and Islam.
This is the first general study of the impact of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa from the immediate pre-Islamic period to the present day. Timothy Insoll charts the historical background and the archaeological evidence attesting to the spread of Islam, and analyses its methods of conversion.
The first comprehensive study of the impact of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa from Muhammed onwards.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -445) and index.
About the Author
TIMOTHY INSOLL is Lecturer in Archaeology at the School of Art History and Archaeology of the University of Manchester.
Table of Contents
1. The archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa: an introduction; 2. Aksum to Adal: Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa; 3. The Nilotic Sudan; 4. The Eastern African Coast and offshore islands; 5. The Western Sahel; 6. The Central Sudan; 7. The West African Sudan and Forest; 8. The African interior: Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa; 9. Conclusions.
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