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Table of Contents of Problems in African History: The Precolonial Centuries (Expanded Edition)

Introduction to the Fourth Edition, by Ruth Iyob
Representative States of Precolonial Africa
Islam in West Africa

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
Burstein: Kush and Axum
Suggestions for Further Reading

Problem II. African States and Trade
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
Jayasuriya and Pankhurst: On the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean
Suggestions for Further Reading

Problem III. Islam and Africa
Levtzion and Pouwels: The History of Islam in Africa
Coquery-Vidrovitch: From Ancient to Islamic Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Hiskett: The Sword of Truth
Smith: The Jihad of Shehu dan Fodio
Junaid: 19th-Century Reforms in Hausaland
Waterman: The Jihad in Hausaland as an Episode in African History
Suggestions for Further Reading

Problem IV. The Role of Women in African States and Societies
Romero: Queen Nzinga of Angola
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
Suggestions for Further Reading

Problem V. Slavery in Africa and the Formation of Global African Diasporas
Rodney: African Slavery on the Upper Guinea Coast
Miers and Kopytoff: Slavery in Africa
Lovejoy: Transformations in Slavery
Kopytoff: Commentary on Paul Lovejoy
Hunwick: Islamic Law and Polemics over Race and Slavery in North and West Africa (16th–19th Century)
Collins: The Asian Slave Trade
Manning: Diaspora: Struggles and Connections
Suggestions for Further Reading