North Africa, Islam and the Mediterranean World: From the Almoravids to the Algerian War

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Abstract

Long regarded as the preserve of French scholars and Francophone audiences due to its significance to France's colonial empire, North Africa is increasingly recognized for its own singular importance as a crossover region. Situated where Islamic, Mediterranean, African, and European histories intersect, the Maghrib has long acted as a cultural conduit, mediator and broker. From the medieval era, when the oasis of Sijilmasa in the Moroccan wilderness funnelled caravan loads of gold into international networks, through the 16th century when two superpowers, the Ottomans and the Spanish Hapsburgs, battled for mastery of the Mediterranean along the North African frontier, and well into the 20th century which witnessed one of Africa's cruellest wars unfold in "French Algeria", the Maghrib has retained its uniqueness as a place where worlds meet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages202
ISBN (Electronic)9781315040011
ISBN (Print)0714651702, 9780714651705
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 5 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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