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Africa's rich written history begins during the Egyptian Civilization. The challenge of documenting Africa's history is that there are periods of time that were not written down. African History will help you understand Africa and get to know it as we do. There is much to love there and of course so much to learn.

Christianity vs. Islam in Africa: A 19th Century Debate

Christianity had failed, announced Reverend Isaac Taylor, Canon of York, to a British audience in 1897. It had failed to civilize the savage, barbarous...

Modern Nigeria Through the Eyes of a Wicked Woman

Novels are often an excellent window into the history of a nation, especially for individuals who come from different cultural backgrounds than the nation...

Male Daughters, Female Husbands

One of the aspects of Western society that has long disturbed me is the distinct division in gender identities. When any of my students...

Liberation Theology And The Church in Africa

Winnie Mandela shocked the world in 1986 when she stated that Africans should liberate themselves using tires and matches. Her statement referenced the now...

Rwanda and The Question of Violence

On April 6, 1994, at approximately 8:30 p.m. local time, a plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot down, killing both...

Egypt: How King Farouk I was Overthrown

Farouk was the only son of King Fuad. A scandal surrounded his birth in that it was rumoured he was the result of an...

The Importance of African Prophets: Revealing Prophets by David Anderson and Douglas Johnson

Religion is one of those subjects that invariably engenders discussion and debate, sometimes quite bitter debate. The very nature of our reactions to it...

The Cattle Killings: The Dead Will Arise by Jeff Peires

The Dead Will Arise by Jeff Peires tells the story of how a female Xhosa prophet, an adolescent named Nongqawuse, and her uncle Mhlakaza...

Beatrice Kimpa Vita

Beatrice Kimpa Vita, often called Dona Beatrice, was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1706 for attempting to create a uniquely African...

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Autobiography Detailing Slavery History, Escape, Freedom and...

In the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the author details portions of slavery history in this compelling first-person account. Slavery history is...
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