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UNESCO — General History of Africa
Volume III.
Africa from the Seventh to the Eleventh Century

M. El Fasi & I. Hrbek, eds. 1988, 870 pp.

Unesco General History of Africa Volume 3

Contents

Note on chronology
List of figures
List of plates

Acknowledgements for plates
Preface

Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Former Director-General of Unesco
Description of the Project
B. A. Ogot, Former President of the International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa

  1. Africa in the context of world history
    I. Hrbek
  2. The coming of Islam and the expansion of the Muslim empire
    M. El Fasi and I. Hrbek
  3. Stages in the development of Islam and its dissemination in Africa M. El Fasi and I. Hrbek
  4. Islam as a social system in Africa since the seventh century
    Z. Dramani-Issifou
  5. The peoples of the Sudan: population movements
    F. De Medeiros
  6. The Bantu-speaking peoples and their expansion
    S. Lwanga-Lunyiigo and J. Vansina
  7. Egypt from the Arab conquest until the end of the Fatimid state
    T. Bianquis
  8. Christian Nubia at the height of its civilization
    S. Jakobielski
  9. The conquest of North Africa and Berber resistance
    H. Mones
  10. The independence of the Maghrib
    M. Talbi
  11. The role of the Sahara and Saharlans in relationships between north and south
    T. Lewicki
  12. The emergence of the Fātimids
    I. Hrbek
  13. The Almoravids
    I. Hrbek and J. Devisse
  14. Trade and trade routes in West Africa
    J. Devisse
  15. The Chad region as a crossroads
    D. Lange
  16. The Guinea zone: general situation
    Thurstan Shaw
  17. The Guinean belt: the peoples between Mount Cameroon and the Ivory Coast
    B. W. Andah in collaboration with J. Anquandah
  18. The peoples of Upper Guinea (between the Ivory Coast and the Casamance)
    B. W. Andah
  19. The Horn of Africa
    T. T. Mekouria
  20. Ethiopia's relations with the Muslim world
    E. Cerulli
  21. The East African coast and the Comoro Islands
    F. T. Masao and H. W. Mutoro
  22. The East African interior
    C. Ehret
  23. Central Africa to the north of the Zambezi
    D. W. Phillipson
  24. Southern Africa to the south of the Zambezi
    T. N. Huffman
  25. Madagascar
    B. Domenichini-Ramiaramanana
  26. African diaspora in Asia
    Y. Talib based on a contribution by F. Samir Relations between the different regions of Africa
    A. Bathily with the collaboration of C. Meillassoux
  27. Africa from the seventh to the eleventh century: five formative centuries
    J. Devisse and J. Vansina

Members of the International Scientific Committee for the drafting of a General History of Africa

Biographies of Authors
Bibliography
Index

*Note: The official designation of Côte d'Ivoire is Côte d'Ivoire in all languages but with respect to the English practice, Ivory Coast will be found in this book.

Note on chronology
It has been agreed to adopt the following method for writing dates. With regard to prehistory, dates may be written in two different ways.
One way is by reference to the present era, that is, dates BP (before present), the reference year being + 1950; all dates are negative in relation to +1950.
The other way is by reference to the beginning of the Christian era. Dates are represented in relation to the Christian era by a simple + or - sign before the date. When referring to centuries, the terms Bc and AD are replaced by “before the Christian era” and “of the Christian era”.
Some examples are as follows:

  1. 23oo BP = -350
  2. 2900 BC = -2900
    AD 18oo = +18oo
  3. 5th century BC = 5th century before the Christian era
    3rd century AD = 3rd century of the Christian era

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