Resources on Medieval Saharan Africa

Toolbox Series: Online resources for research and teaching in African Studies.


By Abraham Cresques - This image comes from Gallica Digital Library and is available under the digital ID btv1b55002481n (Public domain)

The companion website for the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa presents images and information about key objects and artworks from the exhibition, interviews with experts, and resources to support teaching and learning.

"Travel along routes crossing the Sahara Desert to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and religious beliefs. Caravans of Gold is the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. Weaving stories about interconnected histories, the exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and underrecognized global significance."

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