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Old 10-08-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Timbuktu (West Africa)

Such a repository of great cultural information about West Africa. It holds thousands of rare and historical manuscripts that destroy the myth of an illiterate past. These texts prove there is a great literary heritage outside of European values say that got much development in in 'French' Africa.

 
Old 10-08-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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Default The Ashanti people

The Ashanti Palace at Kumasi




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Old 10-08-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Can someone just merge this foolishness when the other established thread?
 
Old 10-08-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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Such a repository of great cultural information about West Africa. It holds thousands of rare and historical manuscripts that destroy the myth of an illiterate past. These texts prove there is a great literary heritage outside of European values say that got much development in in 'French' Africa.
Arab literature.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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Well I'd say West Africa did have a literary heritage outside of Arabic lit too. Some of those manuscripts are in West African languages like Tamshek, Songhay and Fulani. The problem at this point is that the manuscripts need to be studied more thoroughly to examine how West African culture worked with the Islamic influences.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with West Africans or other Africans using Arabic or becoming Muslims. They've been doing so for hundreds of years, since Muhammad and his followers spread Islam in the 7th century. It's their culture.

Muhammad's followers took shelter in Axum (what is now Ethiopia) in 613 CE when they ran into trouble spreading Islam in Mecca. The Axumite king welcomed them and gave them refuge. The African empire of Kanem adopted Islam in the eleventh century. The Great Mosque of Djenne (in the Empire of Mali) was built during the reign of Mansa Musa, a Muslim ruler in the 12th century.

Islam has become as much of some African cultures as it has for other peoples like the Persians, Turks, Indians/Pakistanis (non-Arabs who adopted Islam) etc... How long must a society practice a religion or use a form of writing for it to be authentically called their own? Is 500 years not long enough for Africans to have the right to have an Islamic culture? 800 years? A millennia? jeez....

No one criticizes Asians for practicing Buddhism even though it was a religion created by Indians. And Europeans are for the most part Christians, giving up their original "pagan" religion to follow a new one that began in the Middle East, by a Middle Eastern people. And many of the so-called "Arabs" of Arabia and the Middle East were originally different ethnic groups who only became "Arab" when they adopted Islam.

So why is it that Africans are criticized for adopting aspects of Islamic cultures? Why the contradictions only for Africans?
 
Old 10-08-2013, 04:14 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with West Africans or other Africans using Arabic or becoming Muslims. They've been doing so for hundreds of years, since Muhammad and his followers spread Islam in the 7th century. It's their culture.

Muhammad's followers took shelter in Axum (what is now Ethiopia) when they ran into trouble spreading Islam in Mecca. The Axumite king welcomed them and gave them refuge. The African empire of Kanem adopted Islam in the eleventh century. The Great Mosque of Djenne (in the Empire of Mali) was built during the reign of Mansa Musa, a Muslim ruler in the 12th century.

Islam has become as much of some African cultures as it has for other peoples like the Persians, Turks, Indians/Pakistanis (non-Arabs who adopted Islam) etc... How long must a society practice a religion or use a form of writing for it to be authentically called their own? Is 500 years not long enough for Africans to have the right to have an Islamic culture? 800 years? A millennia? jeez....

No one criticizes Asians for practicing Buddhism even though it was a religion created by Indians. And Europeans are for the most part Christians, following a religion that began in the Middle East. And many of the so-called "Arabs" of Arabia and the Middle East were originally different ethnic groups who only became "Arab" when they adopted Islam.

So why is it that Africans are criticized for adopting aspects of Islamic cultures? Why the contradictions only for Africans?
Thank you for writing this. I didn't have the patience to do it. If you read these threads enough you will understand that some posters here just can't help themselves.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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Thank you for writing this. I didn't have the patience to do it. If you read these threads enough you will understand that some posters here just can't help themselves.
You're welcome. I know EdwardA and others are trolls, but I don't want uninformed people who view this thread to mistakenly fall for their lies.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Well, I'm white, and knew some of this, but I for one want to thank you for this! I think this information is awesome and thoroughly enjoy it.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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I am interested in architecture, so I especially liked looking at the pictures of walls, structures, and buildings.
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