Tag Archives: North Africa

The Filāḥa Texts Project: Medieval Books of Crop and Animal Husbandry

After some months, The Kutub al-Filāḥa – or Books of [Arabic] Husbandry – is back online and with  new materials.  It is the only source (I’m aware of) that has been systematically documenting medieval Arabic manuscripts on these topics – and … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 18th Century: Food and Farming in Timbuktu

In about 1789, the merchant and voyager Abd Salam Shabeeny  set out from his home city, the Moroccan port town of Tetuan (above picture), for Germany in order to procure items for use in his trans-Saharan caravan trade business.  On the way he … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-North, Africa-West, African rice, Agriculture, Caravan routes, Colonialism, Cuisine, Egypt-Recent, Explorers & exploration, Food, History, History-Recent, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants, Livestock, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

City States in the Sahel: Pre-European Kingdoms of West Africa – Part 1

With the current efforts of France to address the efforts of Islamists in northern Mali, I am revising and reposting this blog on Sahelian history.    Introduction: Recent events in the West African Sahel by way of food crises, religiously … Continue reading

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A Taste of 2012 – Top Posts Favor Colonial Era; Food; Ancient Egypt

2012 was an excellent year for blogging.  Daily reads ranged between 200 and 300, with a few entries going over 500.  Readers were most interested in posts that stress the colonial era of African history, together with wildlife, traditional farming … Continue reading

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Qanat Structures in the Western Desert of Egypt: Early Forms of Desert Irrigation

 [First posted May 2010,  Revised 04 November 2011] Qanat structures – underground water canals that can extend many miles – are a feature of the Middle East and North African agriculture that I find fascinating. It was Paul English who wrote one … Continue reading

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Climate change and the origins of agriculture and complex societies

[First posted May 2010,  Revised 04 November 2011]  Re-posting an earlier blog on climate change and agriculture, to be followed with a blog on the same topic, but with a focus on the Garamantian kingdom and other groups of  North Africa and the … Continue reading

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Spicy, North African Pan-Fried Locusts, 1792

Here is another recipe for locusts, this one with a North African Flare.  It is preceded by brief remarks on the plague of locusts that occurred in Barbary  (N.W. Morocco) in 1792.   An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories … Continue reading

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