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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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Sir Burton Expounds on Coffee, Preserving Meat, and Local Bread in East Africa, 1860

During his  exploratory trip to Lake Tanganyika with John Henning Speke,Sir Richard Burton gathered information on local crops and diets – most of which was given by Arab and Swahili informants – not local inhabitants. While the data are interesting, … Continue reading

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Swahili city states: Pre-European ‘colonizers’ of East and Central Africa

Although Africa has and continues to be thought of as the Dark Continent that remained untouched until the advent of European explorers and colonizers, Arab–Swahili traders from the East Coast of Africa developed extensive commerce with the interior for several hundreds of … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Africa-General, Agriculture, Arab traders, Caravan routes, Colonialism, Cuisine, Dark Continent, Egypt-Recent, Elephants, European explorers, Explorers & exploration, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants, Ivory, Swahili coast | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments