The Intellectual Traditions of Pre-Colonial Africa

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This text is a collection of sources (both written and oral) detailing the rich intellectual tradition of Ancient Africa to the mid-19th Century. It focuses solely on the work of Africans, and provides excerpts of sufficient length to expose readers to the breadth of indigenous intellectual traditions. Many of these works are translated here for the first time.

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This book is divided into ten sections in order to encompass the entirety of the continent's geographic regions, which include: Pharaonic Egypt; Ancient Nubia; Hellenized Egypt and Nubia; Romanized Carthage and Numidia; Coptic and Islamic North Africa; Ethiopia and Somalia; West Africa; Central Africa; East Africa; and Southern Africa. Each section opens with a map of the region under discussion.
Chronologically arranged headnotes'introduce each selection creating a complete narrative of the history of the African continent.
Indigenous African materials offer a unique opportunity for the reader to experience Africa through the diverse voices and cultural productions in documents, letters, essays, treatises, folklore, and poetry.
Each Part opens with a map of the region of Africa under discussion, as well as a photo. There are also 2 full page maps showing the changes in boundary divisions and country names between 18th century Africa and modern Africa.

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Constance Hilliard received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in the areas of African History and Semitic Historiography. She is spending 1997/1998 at Wellesley College as a Visiting Professor. Ms. Hilliard rejoined academia after serving for several years as a foreign policy staff analyst for the U.S. Senate and as a columnist for the Dallas Morning News. She is Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas.

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