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Wonders of the African world

Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve countries in search of Africa's magnificent past, the now neglected civilizations that in their day were as grand and sophisticated as any on the face of the earth. From Nubia's ancient empire, which for a time ruled Egypt and centuries before had established the earliest known African city, to
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
ISBN: 0375402357 9780375402357 0375709487 9780375709487
OCLC Number: 40813398
Description: x, 275 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 27 cm.
Contents: Africa, to me --
Nubia : Black gods and kings --
Ethiopia : the Holy Land and the lost Ark of the Covenant --
Salt, gold, and books : the road to Timbuktu --
Searching for the Swahili --
The tree of forgetfulness --
South Africa and Zimbabwe : legends of lost cities.
Responsibility: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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"Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve countries in search of Africa's magnificent past, the now neglected civilizations that in their day were as grand and sophisticated as any on the face of the earth. From Nubia's ancient empire, which for a time ruled Egypt and centuries before had established the earliest known African city, to the fabled town of Timbuktu, where during the medieval period there thrived a center of scholars that rivaled any in Europe and where books were as prized as gold, to Ethiopia's Christian kingdom, where the Lost Ark of the Covenant is said to reside under perpetual vigil, Gates reveals an Africa little known to Westerners.

And as he shows us the achievements that exploiters of the continent have ignored or denied for centuries, he introduces us as well to the fascinating variety of modern-day Africans, many of whom are descended from the great peoples who built Africa's most formidable cultures - including the Asante, the Swahili, the Tuareg, and the Shona."--BOOK JACKET.

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