The Saharan Long Distance Trade And The Spread Of Islam Essay

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The Sub-Saharan long distance commodity and slave trade as well as the syncretic interweaving of Islamic culture and traditional African culture accounts for Africa’s major influence as a superpower from the first until fifteenth centuries. Traders from all over the world were drawn to Africa’s riches in gold, ivory, and human beings. The fact that Africa was rich in resources posed influence in itself. Considering that a great number of the visiting traders were Muslims and they begin to intermarry and form relationships with the West African people – economic and political alliances were formed and the adaptation of Islam was widespread. This migration of humans in and out of Africa illustrates the African Diaspora at work before the Atlantic Slave trade. Several scholars argue that the long distance trade and the spread of Islam harmed Africa rather than promoted its growth. Others exclaim that Africa was never a super power in the first place. However, explicitly witnessed in D.T. Niane’s Sundiata is the manifestation and investigation of Africa’s power. The Sub-Saharan long distance trade and Islam caused an expansion in the population of Africa – and that in turn inspired a heavier weight on materialistic value, intellectual development, and literacy improvement.
In “An Epic of Old World Mali: Sundiata”, Sundiata becomes Mansa of Mali. In efforts to efficiently organize Mali, he founded the country on the basis of productivity and richness in agriculture.…

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