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the islamic world and africa

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islam
the religion of Muslims collectively which governs their civilization and way of life
arabian peninsula
a peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf
mohammed
570-632. Born in Mecca, died in Medina. Founder of Islam. Regarded by Muslims as a prophet of God. Teachings make up the Qu'ran, the Muslim holy book.
quran
the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
five pillars of islam
Declaration of faith, prayer, alms, fasting, and pilgrimage
sunni/shiite muslims
Two major branches of Islam; Sunnis, the largest branch, are known as the orthodox branch supporting only descendants of Muhammad whereas Shiites support descendants of Ali as religious leaders
savanna
a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
gold-salt trade
Gold and salt made up trade and wealth in the African kingdoms because the Europeans wanted gold, and the Africans needed salt.
ghana, mali, songhai
three ancient west african kingdoms
mansa musi
mali's most famous ruler.
timbuktu
City on the Niger River in the modern country of Mali. It was founded by the Tuareg as a seasonal camp sometime after 1000. As part of the Mali empire, Timbuktu became a major major terminus of the trans-Saharan trade and a center of Islamic learning.
ibn battuta
Moroccan Muslim scholar, the most widely traveled individual of his time. He wrote a detailed account of his visits to Islamic lands from China to Spain and the western Sudan.