The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages (LA)

Subject associations
COM 241 / AAS 241 / AFS 241
Spring 2020
Wendy L. Belcher
Francois-Xavier Fauvelle
Registrar description

Many assume that pre-twentieth-century Africa has no history. Rather, it has so much history that communicating all its richness can be a challenge. In this class, therefore, we focus on particular instances that speak to the tremendous diversity of the period from 300 to 1500 in Africa - its political systems, religious communities, and dynamics of cultural and economic conversation. We also address Africa's interconnectedness within and to the rest of the world as a vital part of the global middle ages. Primary sources include letters, treatises, and chronicles but also maps, archeological layouts, frescos, inscriptions, and rock art.