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Table of Contents of Problems in African History: The Precolonial Centuries (Vol. I in Problems in African History)


Problem I. Africa and Egypt

Sanders: The Hamitic Hypothesis: Its Origin in Time
Posnansky: Kingship, Archaeology, and Historical Myth
Diop: The African Origins of Western Civilization
Mauny: A Review of Diop
Bernal: Black Athena
Rogers: Black Athena Revisited
Suggested Readings

Problem II. Bantu Origins and Migration
Johnston: Bantu Languages
Guthrie: Some Developments in the Prehistory of the Bantu
Greenberg: The Languages of Africa
Flight: Trees and Traps
Spear: Bantu Migrations
Suggested Readings

Problem III. African Trade and States
Omer-Cooper: The Zulu Aftermath
Wrigley: State Formation in Uganda
Vansina: Kingdoms of the Savanna
Reefe: The Luba-Lunda Empire
Beach: The Rise of the Zimbabwe State
Jones: Trading States of the Oil Rivers
Suggested Readings

Problem IV. Islam in Africa
Hiskett: The Sword of Truth
Smith: The Jihad of Shehu Dan Fodio
Junaid: 19th Century Reforms in Hausaland
Waterman: The Jihad in Hausaland
Suggested Readings

Problem V. Women in African Societies
Thornton: Sexual Demography
Meillassoux: Female Slavery
Klein: Women in Slavery in the Western Sudan
Brooks: The Signares: Entrepreneurial African Women
Berger: Women as Spirit Mediums in East Africa
Musisi: Women and State Formation in Buganda
Oyewumi: Inventing Gender: Questioning Gender
in Precolonial Yorubaland
Suggested Readings

Problem VI. Slavery in Africa
Rodney: African Slavery on the Upper Guinea Coast
Fage: Slavery in West African History 260
Meirs and Kopytoff: Slavery in Africa
Lovejoy: Transformations in Slavery
Kopytoff: Commentary on Paul Lovejoy
Collins: The Asian Slave Trade
Suggested Readings

Topographic Map of Africa xvii
Languages of the African Peoples
Bantu Classification
Diffusion of the Bantu Languages
Representative States of Precolonial Africa
Islam in West Africa