Introduction to the History of African Civilization explores the major issues dominating African Civilization from the earliest recorded period to the eve of colonial conquest of the continent. C. Magbaily Fyle begins with a discussion of the myths and prejudices underlying most analyses of African issues, and moves into a discussion of the origin of humanity; the similarities between the classical Nile valley civilizations of Egypt, Nubia, Kush, and Axum; and the spread of Islam through African societies. He portrays the systems of precolonial government and society, including the role of women in governance, as well as traditional trade and agricultural patterns. Fyle provides a new perspective on the Islamic Jihads, shifting focus from Sokoto and Macina to the Senegambia and the Upper Guinea region, and a revised interpretation of the Atlantic slave trade, which includes the importance of African objectors to this process. He also discusses important cultural features such as the traditional African food, architecture, and typical structures of towns.
C. Magbaily Fyle is Professor in the African-American and African Studies Department, Ohio State University.
chapter 1 Background to the Study of African History chapter 2 Prehistory, Metal Working and the Agricultural Revolution in Africa chapter 3 Ancient Nile Valley Civilizations chapter 4 North Africa, Islam and the Emergence of the Western Sudan Civilizations chapter 5 Iron Age Societies in East Africa chapter 6 Early Societies in Central and Southern Africa chapter 7 The Kingdom of Mali chapter 8 Songhai, Kanem and Islam in the Forest Regions of West Africa chapter 9 Egypt, the Magrib and Northeast Africa to the Nineteenth Century chapter 10 Nineteenth Century Political Culture chapter 11 Culture and the Economy chapter 12 Coastal Societies and External Influences after 1400 chapter 13 The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Africa chapter 14 Islam and Political Change in West Africa chapter 15 Nineteenth Century Political Transformations chapter 16 Africa on the Eve of Partition chapter 17 Some Suggested Readings chapter 18 Index