- Series: Cambridge World Archaeology
- Paperback: 488 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 18, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521657024
- ISBN-13: 978-0521657020
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge World Archaeology)
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"Timothy Insoll has put together a remarkable study that will take its place alongside Nehemia Levtzion and Randall Pouwell's A History of Islam in Africa as a major work of reference on the foundations and development of Muslim societies in sub-Saharan Africa." H-Net Review
"A welcome addition to the literature on sub-Saharan archaeology." International Journal of African Historical Studies
"...we can applaud the research efforts of the author and his well-structured, accessible summary. Readers from archaeology and the historical humanities in particular will find much that is useful in the approach of this ambitious undertaking." - Journal of Field Archaeology, Adria LaViolette, University of Virginia
This book is the first comprehensive study of the impact of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa. Timothy Insoll charts the historical background as well as the archaeological evidence attesting to the spread of Islam across the Sudan, Ethiopia, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Nigeria, surveying a time span from the immediate pre-Islamic period through to the present. He also analyzes in detail the processes--jihad, trade, missionary activity, prestige--by which Islam spread. This book will be relevant to scholars, students and all those interested in Africa, archaeology, religion and Islam.
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