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The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages
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Francois-Xavier Fauvelle Troy Tice
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The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages

Francois-Xavier Fauvelle Troy Tice


Princeton University Pres

General & world history;
African history;
Medieval history;


280 pages

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A leading historian reconstructs the forgotten history of medieval Africa From the birth of Islam in the seventh century to the voyages of European exploration in the fifteenth, Africa was at the center of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which places like Ghana, Nubia, and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilizations, and where African royals, thinkers, and artists played celebrated roles in the globalized world of the Middle Ages. The Golden Rhinoceros brings this unsung era marvelously to life, taking readers from the Sahara and the Nile River Valley to the Ethiopian highlands and southern Africa.

Drawing on fragmented written sources as well as his many years of experience as an archaeologist, Fran ois-Xavier Fauvelle painstakingly reconstructs an African past that is too often denied its place in history - but no longer. He looks at ruined cities found in the mangrove, exquisite pieces of art, rare artifacts like the golden rhinoceros of Mapungubwe, ancient maps, and accounts left by geographers and travelers - remarkable discoveries that shed critical light on political and architectural achievements, trade, religious beliefs, diplomatic episodes, and individual lives.

A book that finally recognizes Africa's important role in the Middle Ages, The Golden Rhinoceros also provides a window into the historian's craft. Fauvelle carefully pieces together the written and archaeological evidence to tell an unforgettable story that is at once sensitive to Africa's rich social diversity and alert to the trajectories that connected Africa with the wider Muslim and Christian worlds.

By:   Francois-Xavier Fauvelle
Translated by:   Troy Tice
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691181264
ISBN 10:   0691181268
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Fauvelle has assembled some powerful fragments of Africa's history from the 8th to the 15th centuries. --Times Higher Education Featuring stories from around the continent, this is a useful corrective to the outdated idea of a land 'without history'. --History Revealed Magazine Fauvelle offers a brilliant riposte to how little we know about precolonial Africa: approach it from the perspective of global history. African history has never felt more alive. If I were a historian of Africa, this is the book that I would like to have written. --Timothy Brook, author of Vermeer's Hat and Mr. Selden's Map of China The Golden Rhinoceros brings the diplomacy of Africa's 'Middle Ages' to life, while also illuminating such fields as commerce, warfare, faith and literary endeavour. . . . Fauvelle's three dozen or so snapshots serve as a kind of historical pointillism, each tiny moment contributing to a panorama of an intricately connected Afro-Islamic world, spanning a period of some seven hundred years. ---Barnaby Crowcroft, Literary Review The 2018 Medieval Book of the Year Praise for the French edition: A remarkable book. --Patrick Boucheron, Coll ge de France Is Africa a continent without history? Fran ois-Xavier Fauvelle magnificently refutes this recurring suspicion. --Julie Clarini, Le Monde Fascinating, easy to read, told with verve. --Isabelle R f, Le Temps This book is an event. --Christian Nadeau, Universit de Montr al Fauvelle is one of France's most interesting, influential, and intellectually vital historians of Africa. His elegantly written book is very learned, yet wears its learning lightly. The Golden Rhinoceros is a pleasure to read. --Toby Green, author of The Rise of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa, 1300-1589 Fauvelle is a wonderful storyteller--his sophisticated narrative is intriguing, entertaining, and informative. No other book presents medieval Africa in this way. --G rard Chouin, College of William & Mary

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