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Medieval African Art

By |2018-04-21T12:09:33+00:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Art, History, Medieval|

Medieval African art: Two men riding an elephant, in an Indian style (Asbi, Ethiopia, ca. 1000-1200 AD) African art got even better in the Middle Ages, after about 400 AD. By this time, nearly all of the people of Africa were trading and getting richer, and making more complicated pieces of art to [...]

Medieval African Architecture – Mosques and Churches

By |2018-04-21T12:09:38+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History, Medieval|

Medieval African architecture: Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo (Egypt, 900s AD) Africa gets richer The Middle Ages saw a tremendous explosion of architecture all over Africa as Africans became richer than they had ever been before. In Egypt, the Fatimids built mosques and forts, and the new city of Fustat (Cairo). More trade with India made the people [...]

West African History – Early West Africa – the Nok, the Bantu, and Djenne

By |2018-04-09T10:31:49+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History|

West African history - Niger River, West Africa People have been living in West Africa for tens of thousands of years. There are several good-sized rivers - the Niger, the Senegal, and the Volta - that run through West Africa, which make it easier to travel because you can use boats. There are [...]