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An account of the golden trade of the Moors, and a source book on Saharan trade routes, caravan organization and Sudanese history. The author covers anthropology and economic geography as well as history, as he examines and explores the hot little towns, sharp traders and the brutal rulers. He seeks to encourage and inspire a generation of scholars to discover more about p ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Marcus Wiener (first published April 1968)
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Zahraa Hadi
In the case of The Golden Trade of the Moors, Bovill’s narrative retrieves and emphasizes the importance of the Sahara from the perspective of outsiders. Bovill constructs a narrative that situates the Sahara at the center of crossing histories; by emphasizing the importance of trade and how vital the Sahara was to other countries, it becomes clear that the Sahara has importance. Bovill has also given a history of a desert that upheld isolation through the trans-Saharan trade where the importanc ...more
Walt
Probably one of the best books on the overall history of the Western Sahara.
It is cursory in its dealings with the northern coastal areas; but it is excellent in its coverage of those kingdoms inhabiting the southern areas of the Sahara.
The gold trade from Ghana to Morocco and Libya holds the book together; but there is not any discussion of real economics. The focus is a basic history of the Saharan peoples and how they interacted with their environment and each other.
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