Category Archives: History

Martyrdom and Terrorism

Originally posted on kateantiquity:
One of the nicest things to arrive in the post recently: a publication copy of Martyrdom and Terrorism, the product of a collaboration among historians working on different cultures and periods, in which I took part some time…

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Cuisine and Crops in Central Africa – Colonial and Contemporary – Pt. 3

Cuisine before Colonization: What did local people eat, prior to the introduction of New World crops?  I ask this, because from the prior blog on Cuisine and Crops in Central Africa,  it is primarily New World crops that were mentioned … Continue reading

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Wheat rises to a symbol of equality and opportunity

Originally posted on MU Earth:
By Meghan Eldridge CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico — A grain commonly found on today’s grocery store shelves has risen throughout history as a sign of equality and opportunity for those who eat it. Rachel Laudan, a…

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Sahelian City-States in the Western Sahel: Part 2

Recent and ongoing events in the Sahel by way of food crises, religiously based conflict, ethnically based conflict, and military coups are intertwined.  They are the most recent iterations of  interdependent political, economic, religious, social, and cultural changes that have … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-North, Africa-West, Agriculture, Arab traders, Caravan routes, Colonialism, Ethnicity, History, Ivory, Niger River, Religion, Sahel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Notes on Dairy Goats and Artisan Cheese Production in Central Africa

Dairy Animals & Traditional Dairy Production in Central Africa –A Brief Background Cattle and goats are important components of small farm agriculture in Burundi, Rwanda and the eastern Congo.  Agriculturalists were the first migrants into the area, many hundreds of … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Agriculture, Burundi, Cuisine, European colonizers, Food, Goat farmer, History, History-Recent, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Livestock, Living here, Pastoralism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Tétuan, Moroccan port town opposite Gibraltar.  Steel Engraving.  Institute in Hidlburghausen. 1842 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 … 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 , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

‘Recipes’ for Treating the Eyes: The Papyrus Ebers & My Opthalmic Shingles

Revised 19-07-2012 Wajet eye.  Source:  Wiki. It has now been two years since my encounter with opthalmic shingles, and while the searing pain has lessened, it is still very much with me.  Earlier this year a doctor from the States was here and … Continue reading

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