The History Of Islam In Africa by Nehemia Levtzion
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By Muhammad Nehemia Levtzion , Ohio University Press, paperback, 604 pages
The history of the Islamic faith on the continent of Africa spans fourteen centuries. For the first time in a single volume,The History of Islam in Africapresents a detailed historic mapping of the cultural, political, geographic, and religious past of this significant presence on a continent-wide scale. Bringing together two dozen leading scholars, this comprehensive work treats the historical development of the religion in each major region and examines its effects.
Without assuming prior knowledge of the subject on the part of its readers,The History of Islam in Africais broken down into discrete areas, each devoted to a particular place or theme and each written by experts in that particular arena. The introductory chapters examine the principal "gateways" from abroad through which Islam traditionally has influenced Africans. The following two parts present overviews of Islamic history in West Africa and the Sudanic zone, and in subequatorial Africa. In the final section, the authors discuss important themes that have had an impact on Muslim communities in Africa.
Designed as both a reference and a text,The History of Islam in Africawill be an essential tool for libraries, scholars, and students of this growing field.