Africa Overvie Overview
HA! Chapter 12 Early Society in West Africa
HA! Chapter 13 Ghana
HA! Chapter 14 The Influence of Islam on West Africa
HA! Chapter 15 The Cultural Legacy of West Africa
CONCEPTS: commerce, trans-Saharan trade, kinship, oral traditions, region, slavery, topography, tribalism, empires, labor specialization, regional commerce, scholarship, caravan
Encyclopedia Britannica Arabia - pictures and information about the Arabian Peninsula.
History for Kids - basic information on the history of Islam and the region.
Sheppard Software Middle East - games and tutorials regarding Middle Eastern geography
PBS Global Connections Middle East - information about the Middle East and
CA State Content Standards
7.4 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the sub-Saharan civilizations of Ghana and Mali in Medieval Africa.
1. Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires.
2. Analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa.
3. Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law.
4. Trace the growth of the Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa.
5. Describe the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture.