The Arab Conquest of the Western Sahara Hardcover – January 1, 1986
by H. T. Norris (Author)
For centuries after the first Arabs passed through North Africa, the presence of Arabic culture in the western Sahara was limited to scholars and mystics. Those few who spoke Arabic and practised Islam left the traditional society largely undisturbed. Then in the Middle Ages came a small band of southern Yemeni tribesmen, who came to dominate the desert trade routes linking Africa with the Mediterranean. Their descendents, the Awlad Hassan, imposed themselves on the native Berbers and introduced a new society, religion and language. Battutah and Leo Africanus, plus local historians steeped in the traditions of oral history, the author examines how the tribes of the western Sahara responded to the arrival of the Arabs, particularly during the 13th and 17th centuries. Arabic Islamic studies feature topics on Arabic and Islamic studies. From a description of the Arabian incese trade, to a sociological study of Islam and its beliefs, this series aims to offer authoratative insights into the history, and contemporary situation, of Arabia.
Hardcover: 309 pages
Publisher: Librarie du Liban (January 1, 1986)
Package Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
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