African History and Culture Vocabulary I

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Glencoe 7th grade Chapter 5 Section 1

irrigation

process of collecting water and distributing it to crops

city-state

independent political unit that includes a city and the surrounding area

polytheism

belief in more than one god

theocracy

form of government in which the leader claims to rule on behalf of a god

cuneiform

form of writing from ancient Mesopotamia that consisted of wedge-shaped markings pressed into clay tablets

pharaoh

name for powerful ruler in ancient Egypt

hieroglyphics

system of writing that uses small pictures to represent sounds or words

montheism

belief in one God

covenant

agreement

prophet

messenger of God

caliph

successor to Muhammed

terrorism

violence used against the people or government in the hopes of winning political goals

legal

based on laws

rely

to depend upon

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