Wonders of the African world / Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- 1st ed.
- New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999.
x, 275 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
- Africa -- Civilization.
- Local subjects:
- Africa photography.
Africa -- civilization.
- "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."--Jacket.
- 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.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-267) and index.
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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