Medieval Africa
The history of Africa begins with the emergence of Homo sapiens in East Africa, and continues into the present as a patchwork of diverse and politically developing nation states. The recorded history ...
Medieval Africa - Wikipedia
Somalia: Al-Shabab Attack Kills 15 In Mogadishu Hotel
Al-Shabab Islamist militants kill at least 15 people, including a former senior general, in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Gunmen used two car bombs to blast their way into the ...
14 Things to Know Before You Go to Zanzibar
Zanzibar isn’t like the mainland. The semi-autonomous archipelago is a 23 -mile hop from mainland Tanzania, and although it is officially part of the East African country, in almost all aspects—politi...
Somali capital Mogadishu hit by double explosions at hotel
Some 20 people, including senior officials, are killed in an al-Shabab attack during Friday prayers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses say.
'Priceless' trove of 2,000 gold coins is found off the coast of Israel 
The largest treasure trove ever discovered off Israel's Mediterranean coast has been uncovered by scuba divers who won't get a penny.
Malindi
Malindi (once known as Melinde) is a town on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Galana River, lying on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It is 120 kilometres nor...
Lamu
About Lamu in Kenya. Discover it with this video brought to you by Best Destination Travel TV channel (www.BestDestination.com), travel guides(www.visitkenya...
Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 2550 kilome...
Egypt in the Middle Ages
During the initial Islamic invasion in 639 AD, Egypt was ruled at first by governors acting in the name of the Righteous Caliphs, and then the Ummayad Caliphs in Damascus but, in 747, the Ummayads we...
Egypt in the Middle Ages - Wikipedia
Muslim conquest of Egypt
At the commencement of the Muslim conquest of Egypt, Egypt was part of the Byzantine/Eastern Roman Empire, which had its capital at Constantinople. Egypt had been conquered just a decade before by the...
Muslim conquest of Egypt - Wikipedia
Muslim conquest of the Maghreb
The Muslim conquest of North Africa continued the century of rapid Arab Muslim military expansion following the death of Muhammad in 632 AD. By 642, the Arabs controlled Mesopotamia, Egypt and Syria, ...
Umayyad Caliphate
The Umayyad Caliphate (Arabic: الخلافة الأموية‎, trans. Al-Ḫilāfat al-ʾumawiyya) was the second of the four major Islamic caliphates established after the death of Muhammad. This ca...
Umayyad Caliphate - Wikipedia
Fatimid Caliphate
The Fatimid Caliphate (Arabic: الفاطميون‎, al-Fāṭimīyūn) was a Shia Islamic caliphate, which spanned a large area of North Africa, from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic Ocean...
Fatimid Caliphate - Wikipedia
Almoravid dynasty
The Almoravids (Berber: ⵉⵎⵕⴰⴱⴹⴻⵏ Imṛabḍen, Arabic: المرابطون‎ Al-Murābiṭūn) were a Berber dynasty of Morocco, who formed an empire in the 11th century that stretched over the wester...
Almoravid dynasty - Wikipedia
Trans-Saharan trade
Trans-Saharan trade requires travel across the Sahara to reach sub-Saharan Africa from the North African coast, Europe, to the Levant. While existing from prehistoric times, the peak of trade extended...
Trans-Saharan trade - Wikipedia
Sahelian kingdoms
The Sahelian kingdoms were a series of kingdoms or empires that were centered on the sahel, the area of grasslands south of the Sahara. The wealth of the states came from controlling the trade routes...
Sahelian kingdoms - Wikipedia
Kingdom of Makuria
The Kingdom of Makuria (Old Nubian: Ⲙⲁⲕⲟⲩⲣⲓⲁ, Makouria; Arabic: مقرة‎, al-Muqurra) was a kingdom located in what is today Northern Sudan and Southern Egypt. Makuria originally covered the ar...
Kingdom of Makuria - Wikipedia
Kanem Empire
The Kanem Empire (c. 700 – 1376) was located in the present countries of Chad, Nigeria and Libya. At its height it encompassed an area covering not only much of Chad, but also parts of southern Libya ...
Ghana Empire
The Ghana Empire (c. 300 until c. 1235) was located in what is now southeastern Mauritania and western Mali. Complex societies had existed in the region since about 1500 BC, an...
Ghana Empire - Wikipedia
Mali Empire
The Mali Empire (Manding: Nyeni; English: Niani), also historically referred to as the Manden Kurufaba, was a Mandinka/Bambara empire in West Africa from c. 1230 to c. 1600. The empire was foun...
Mali Empire - Wikipedia
Songhai Empire
The Songhai Empire, also spelled as the Songhay Empire, was a Songhai state that dominated the western Sahel in the 15th and 16th century. At its peak the empire was one of the largest in both I...
Songhai Empire - Wikipedia
Ajuuraan State
The Ajuran Sultanate (Somali: Saldanadda Ajuuraan, Arabic: سلطنة أجوران‎), also spelled as the Ajuuraan Sultanate, and often simply as Ajuran, was a Somali Muslim empire that ruled over ...
Ajuuraan State - Wikipedia
Adal Sultanate
The Adal Sultanate or Kingdom of Adal (Arabic: عدل ʿadl‎ "justice") was a medieval Muslim Somali, Harari, and Afar state located in the Horn of Africa. It flourished from around 1415 to 157...
Adal Sultanate - Wikipedia
Somalia: Al-Shabab Attack Kills 15 In Mogadishu Hotel
Al-Shabab Islamist militants kill at least 15 people, including a former senior general, in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Gunmen used two car bombs to blast their way into the ...
14 Things to Know Before You Go to Zanzibar
Zanzibar isn’t like the mainland. The semi-autonomous archipelago is a 23 -mile hop from mainland Tanzania, and although it is officially part of the East African country, in almost all aspects—politi...