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Islamic impact on west africa 1000 1750 ce

After the Fatimid invasion of Egypt, Islam began to permeate through the rest of Africa. Islam's spread from 1000 AD to 1750 AD impacted Africa socially, culturally, and politically by instituting the slave trade, creating a rise in education, and adding Muslim leaders to West Africa's history.

Despite all of these changes, West Africa maintained some continuity as well. Social Impacts Africa was impacted socially by Islam through the institution of the Islamic run slave trade.

  1. Between 1000 and 1700, Islam caused West Africa to experience an increase in trade and economic activity, the rise and fall of several Islamic states and empires, and provided new practices to be blended with the traditional African culture.
  2. Second, Islamic states rose and fell during the period of 1000 and 1750 C.
  3. Previously, Africa was known to be underdeveloped and backward, and African tradition had been passed down orally.
  4. Previously, Africa was known to be underdeveloped and backward, and African tradition had been passed down orally. Here he made a great display of the wealth and prosperity of his region, by lavishing the Fatimid people and government with enormous gifts of gold, slaves, and exotic animals.
  5. Although the slave trade, an upheaval of education, and political effects of Muslim leaders all brought great change, some continuity remained. Regardless of his intentions it is known that Mansa Musa went to great lengths to impress the Fatimid's and the rest of the Muslim world, and everyone's idea of Africa was reversed from backward to positively precocious.

When the Fatimid Dynasty established itself in Egypt it also established trading docks called entrepots in Cairo and Alexandria. These trading docks generally shipped to Arabia, the most Muslim dominated part of the world. Captured and sold into forced labor through the Muslim controlled trade routes, Africans became a status symbol for the wealthy in Arabia.

Although Islamic writings did not prohibit slavery, they did set guidelines as to how slaves should be treated.

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Despite these parameters in Islamic scripture, ill treatment of slaves did exist, and the Islamic run slave trade paved the way for slave routes to Europe and the Americas in the future. Cultural Impacts Africa changed culturally when the impacts of Islam spurred a rise in education. Famous for its two large mosques, Muslim scholars would come to Timbuktu to debate theology and try to keep fellow African Muslims pure of the paganism of the past and true to the doctrines of Islam.

This created for wide spread cultural crossing in Africa as people from all over the world came to share and spread ideas, particularly of the Muslim faith.

Impacts of Islam in Africa: 1000-1750 AD

Previously, Africa was known to be underdeveloped and backward, and African tradition had been passed down orally. However, with education becoming more accessible, surrounding Africans took advantage of the opportunity to participate in higher learning and literacy rates in Africa soared.

Some historians believe that while literacy and education are always noble pursuits, the spread of Islamic dominated education in Africa destroyed African culture by painting their previous pagan and tribal religions in an antiquated light.

  • In the period of 1000 and 1750 C;
  • Parts of Africa continued to govern them self;
  • Second, Islamic states rose and fell during the period of 1000 and 1750 C.

Others argue that while much of African culture was lost it was due to advancement to the future not intentional destruction of the past, and culture must change in order to survive. Regardless, Islam impacted African culture forever by changing the religion and ideals of the African people through education. Political Impacts Islamic impacted politics as well and gave Africa a more advanced and forward thinking appearance to the rest of the world.

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This change in image can be seen through one of the most famous emperors of the Mali Empire: He is most famous for being the richest man who ever lived due to his region's extensive gold deposits. Here he made a great display of the wealth and prosperity of his region, by lavishing the Fatimid people and government with enormous gifts of gold, slaves, and exotic animals.

It is hard for history to tell if this was a political statement on Mansa Musa's part, an attempt to show the Islamic leaders who had invaded Africa that Africans were not backward but were quickly progressing and in a wealthy position. Regardless of his intentions it is known that Mansa Musa went to great lengths to impress the Fatimid's and the rest of the Muslim world, and everyone's idea of Africa was reversed from backward to positively precocious.

  • It was a multi-ethnic state with various religious and cultural groups;
  • Social, cultural, and political aspects were all altered and never returned to their untouched, original states.

Some continuity is also inferred from Mansa Musa's display. Parts of Africa continued to govern them self.

  • However the Mali Empire was established around 1235;
  • Also Timbuktu in both the Mali and Songhai Empires becomes a major trading point;
  • However the Mali Empire was established around 1235.

Social, cultural, and political aspects were all altered and never returned to their untouched, original states. Although the slave trade, an upheaval of education, and political effects of Muslim leaders all brought great change, some continuity remained. Islam helped to form the Africa seen today.