Trans-Saharan Africa in the Middle Ages

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Course Number



M. Tizzoni

Course Long Title

Trans-Saharan Africa in the Middle Ages

Cross Listed Courses


This course examines the history of the trans-Saharan world in the medieval period, roughly 500-1500 C.E.This vital period saw the formation of powerful indigenous empires in the West African Sahel and the Maghreb, alongside the continuation and transformation of ancient states on the Nile. The course examines key topics such as the spread and adaptation of Islam in Africa; the dynamics of state and society building; the social, cultural, and economic impacts of trade; colonization and resistance; and the role of Africa, and Africans, in the creation of the medieval world. Recommended background: CM/HI 102.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(History: Africa), (History: Premodern)

INDS Program Relationship

IDCM - CMS Program

GEC This Course Belongs To