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Abd al-Qadir

Overview page. Subjects: Islam — African Studies.

(d. 1883)

Algerian independence leader, Sufi mystic, and poet. Born in Algeria to a notable Moroccan family. Became involved in the Algerian independence movement after the French...

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Abdou Diouf

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

(b. 7 Mar. 1935).

President of Senegal 1981–2000 Born in Louga, he was educated at the University of Dakar, and graduated in law from the University of Paris. Upon his return to...

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Afar

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology — African Studies.

Ethnic group found in parts of Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, also known as Danakil, Denakil, and Adal.

Approximately 1.5 million people belong to the Afar ethnic group, mostly...

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African art

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — British History.

This entry contains two subentries: An Overview; and Contemporary African Art.

African art presents unique potentials and challenges in terms of art historical engagement. One of...

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African Languages

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — African Studies.

The African continent forms one of the most complex linguistic areas of the world; estimates of the number of languages spoken there range from seven hundred to three thousand. Barely ...

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African religion

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — African Studies.

No single religion corresponds to the term ‘African religion’, nor could it. The geography of Africa ranges from rain forests to uninhabitable deserts; its peoples are organized in many...

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African Studies

Overview page. Subjects: British History — African Studies.

Informed writing about Africa and its people dates back to the era of the slave trade. However, most of these earlier accounts were written by travellers, traders, missionaries, and...

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Africanisms

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — African Studies.

Africanisms refer to African cultural and linguistic practices that survived the passage across the Atlantic Ocean, including language, music, dance, medicine, folk culture, food...

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Afrikaner

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — African Studies.

A term originally used to describe a person born in South Africa rather than Europe; in the twentieth century it was used to denote a White person whose first language was Afrikaans....

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Ahmed Sékou Touré

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — History.

(b. 9 Jan. 1922, d. 26 Mar. 1984).

President of Guinea 1958–84 Born in Faranah, he briefly attended a teacher's college before being expelled in 1937. He subsequently became active...

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