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Indian Ocean Trade

Edward A. Alpers

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Indian Ocean TradeIntroductionAfricans have traded with the Indian Ocean world for millennia. Beginning with the exchange of food crops by anonymous A...

Invention of Tradition

Thomas Spear

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Invention of TraditionIntroduction“Tradition” is one of the most vexed concepts in African historiography, often criticized for conveying the sense of...

Iron Working and the Iron Age in Africa

Rachel MacLean

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Ironworking and the Iron Age in Africa Introduction Iron technology first appears in the African continent in the 1st millennium bce, and the ...

Islam in Africa

John H. Hanson

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Islam in Africa Introduction Islam in Africa has its roots in the origins of the faith, as Ethiopia was a refuge for Muslims who fled Arabia d...

Islamic Politics

Kenneth Menkhaus, Maren Milligan

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2015-01-15

Islamic Politics Introduction “Political Islam,” like “Islamism,” is a contested term employed in different ways by different scholars (see Ge...

Kenya

Thomas Spear, Godfrey Muriuki

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2017-07-26

KenyaIntroductionNamed after its most prominent geographical feature, Mount Kenya, Kenya stretches from well populated tropical coastal lowlands and d...

Kongo and the Coastal States of West Central Africa

Jelmer Vos

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Kongo and the Coastal States of West Central AfricaIntroductionThe kingdom of Kongo emerged sometime in the 14th century in the border region of moder...

Language and the Study of Africa

Lameen Souag, Philip J. Jaggar

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

Language and the Study of Africa Introduction Africa is home to a substantial portion of the world’s linguistic diversity. Estimating the ...

Law and the Study of Sub-Saharan Africa

Kristin Mann, Richard Roberts

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2020-02-26

Law and the Study of Sub-Saharan AfricaIntroductionIn all societies, law together with social norms act to maintain the social order by creating rules...

Law, Islamic

Allan Christelow

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2019-02-27

Islamic LawIntroductionThe continent of Africa offers a complex and challenging setting for the study of Islamic law. Today, this continent contains s...

Lesotho

Scott Rosenberg

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2014-08-26

Lesotho Introduction Most of Lesotho’s people are of southern Sotho origin, speak Sesotho, and identify themselves as Basotho; however, Lesoth...

LGBTI Minorities and Queer Politics in Eastern and Southern Africa

Andrew Mickleburgh

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2020-05-27

Lgbti Minorities and Queer Politics in Eastern and Southern AfricaIntroductionLGBTI embodies diverse life experiences of the groups included, with dif...

Liberia

Adebayo Oyebade

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Liberia Introduction Liberia is located on the continent’s west coast on the Atlantic. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to the west, Guinea to t...

Libya

Silvia Marsans-Sakly

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Libya Introduction Libya is the fourth-largest nation in Africa in area, but the least populated. Population is concentrated along the narrow ...

Literature and the Study of Africa

Evan Mwangi

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Literature and the Study of Africa Introduction It is customary for students of African studies in different disciplines to use literary texts...

Lord's Resistance Army

Patrick Vinck, Phuong N. Pham, Niamh Gibbons

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Lord’s Resistance Army Introduction Since 1987, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a violent rebel group headed by Joseph Kony, has been terror...

Maasai and Maa-Speaking Peoples of East Africa, The

Paul Spencer

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2012-10-25

The Maasai and Maa-Speaking Peoples of East Africa Introduction The term Maasai is used here to refer to the central core of East African past...

Madagascar

Jane Hooper

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2015-08-31

MadagascarIntroductionThe fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is known for the uniqueness of its flora and fauna, but the island’s inhabita...

Malawi

Owen Kalinga

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Malawi Introduction Malawi is, like most countries in Africa, a creation of European imperialism in the sense that no such political configura...

Mali

Susanna Wing

Subject: African Studies »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

MaliIntroductionMali is a landlocked state located in the Sahel region of West Africa. Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires were all part of what is now M...

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