How Islam spread into sub-Saharan region of West Africa, and the great civilizations it established there, taking its inhabitants out of paganism to the worship of One God.
Culture of Africa and History of Africa Colonial boundaries are reflected in the modern boundaries between contemporary West African states, cutting across ethnic and cultural lines, often dividing single ethnic groups between two or more states.
The tribesmen of Guinea and the forested regions of the coast were without microliths for thousands of years, but prospered using bone tools and other means.
In West Africa, the wet phase ushered in expanding rainforest and wooded savannah from Senegal to Cameroon. Two seed plants, black-eyed peas and voandzeia African groundnuts were domesticated, followed by okra and kola nuts. Since most of the plants grew in the forest, the Niger—Congo speakers invented polished stone axes for clearing forest.
Later, gourdswatermelonscastor beansand cotton were also collected and domesticated. The people started capturing wild cattle and holding them in circular thorn hedges, resulting in domestication.
Fishing, using bone tipped harpoons, became a major activity in the numerous streams and lakes formed from the increased rains.
Islam reached the Savannah region in the 8th Century C.E., the date the written history of West Africa begins The Muslim-Arab historians began to write about West Africa in the early 8th century. The famous scholar Ibn Munabbah wrote as early as C.E., followed by Al-Masudi in C.E. Between and C.E. Islam entered West Africa and increased its trade, many Islamic states rose and fell, but many aspects of African religion and gender roles remained unchanged. Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of . Islam dramatically changed West Africa culturally, politically, and economically in the time period between CE and CE, but many staples of West African society remained the same. Economically, Islam ushered a new era of economic prosperity into West Africa.
In the fifth millennium, as the ancestors of modern West Africans began entering the area, the development of sedentary farming began to take place in West Africa, with evidences of domesticated cattle having been found for this period, along with limited cereal crops.
Around BCEa major change began to take place in West, with the invention of harpoons and fish-hooks. The process used was not well developed, indicating that it was not brought from outside the region; it became more mature by about BC.
Flint was considerably more available there and made the use of microliths in hunting far easier. The migration of the Sahel farmers was probably caused by the final desiccation of the Sahara desert in this millennium, which contributed greatly to West Africa's isolation from cultural and technological phenomena in Europe and the Mediterranean Coast of Africa.
In the western Sahelthe rise of settled communities was largely the result of domestication of millet and sorghum. Symbiotic trade relations developed before the trans-Saharan tradein response to the opportunities afforded by north-south diversity in ecosystems across deserts, grasslands, and forests.
The agriculturists received salt from the desert nomads. The desert nomads acquired meat and other foods from pastoralists and farmers of the grasslands and from fishermen on the Niger River. The forest dwellers provided furs and meat.
About stone settlements littered the region in the former savannah of the Sahara. Its inhabitants fished and grew millet. Around BCE, the region became more desiccated and the settlements began to decline, most likely relocating to Koumbi Saleh.
From the type of architecture and pottery, it is believed that Tichit was related to the subsequent Ghana Empire. Old Jenne Djenne began to be settled around BCE, producing iron and with sizeable population, evidenced in crowded cemeteries. Living structures were made of sun-dried mud.
By BCE, Jenne was a large, thriving market town. By BCE, contact had been made with the Mediterranean civilisations, including that of Carthageand a regular trade in gold being conducted with the Sahara Berbersas noted by Herodotus.
The trade was fairly small until the camel was introduced, with Mediterranean goods being found in pits as far south as Northern Nigeria. A profitable trade had developed by which West Africans exported gold, cotton cloth, metal ornaments, and leather goods north across the trans-Saharan trade routes, in exchange for copper, horses, salt, textiles, and beads.
Later, ivory, slaves, and kola nuts were also traded. This archaeological site is located about 3 kilometres 1.Margari Hill, Stanford University January available in PDF format ( MB). While the presence of Islam in West Africa dates back to eighth century, the spread of the faith in regions that are now the modern states of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Nigeria, was in actuality, a gradual and complex process.
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The presence of Islam in Africa can be traced to the 7th century CE, when in Rajab 8 BH, or May CE, History of Islam in West Africa.
Oxford University Press, Nehemia Levtzion and Randall L. Pouwels (eds). The History of Islam in Africa. Ohio University Press, David Robinson. Islam dramatically changed West Africa culturally, politically, and economically in the time period between CE and CE, but many staples of West African society remained the same.
Economically, Islam ushered a new era of economic prosperity into West Africa. Islam became the dominant religion in West Africa (except along the southern coast of West Africa) by around C.E.
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