The Influences of Islam on Medieval West Africa

Exploring how Islamic faith and culture influenced West African culture. Introduction During the 7th century, the religion of Islam spread quickly through the Middle East and North Africa. In the 8th century, trans-Saharan trade brought Muslim merchants and traders to West Africa. Over the next few hundred years, Islam spread among West Africans. The new[…]

The History and Cultural Legacy of Medieval West Africa

Medieval cultures in West Africa were rich and varied. Introduction West African cultures are quite diverse. Many groups of people, each with its own language and ways of life, have lived in the region of West Africa. From poems and stories to music and visual arts, their cultural achievements have left a lasting mark on[…]

Early Societies in West Africa, 500-1600 CE

Four zones in West Africa are especially important because of their influence on developing civilizations. Introduction For centuries, the people of West Africa had limited contact with lands to the north because travel across the Sahara was very difficult. By the late 700s, however, Arab Muslim traders from North Africa were crossing the Sahara. Trans-Saharan[…]

The Golden Ratio and Ancient African Roots of Swiss Design

Long thought to have originated in Ancient Greece, the golden ratio that forms the basis of the Swiss design style may have first emerged in Africa. By Dr. Audrey G. BennettProgram Director and ProfessorStamps School of Art & DesignUniversity of Michigan Introduction Prevailing tenets of design have seemed to hew closely to Western traditions, with[…]

A Must-Know Guide to Purchasing Groceries Online For You

Many people are buying groceries, toilet paper, hand sanitizers, pet food, and other supplies online in the era of the Coronavirus. With so many people stuck at home, working from home, or attempting to self-quarantine, here’s how to get food and supplies as efficiently as possible. Delay and Early Purchase Many websites can guarantee same-day[…]