Check Your Understanding Questions
Why was the Sahara vital to the prosperity of medieval West African kingdoms despite its hostile environment?
What were some of the controversies that gripped Christianity in medieval Africa?
Which were the most important factors that helped spread Islam in Africa?
What explains the origins of Ghana, the earliest Sudanic West African kingdom?
How did the success of Mali differ from that of Ghana?
In what ways did medieval African societies in West and sub-Saharan Africa develop along similar lines?
Why were nomadic Africans essential to the operation of the trans-Saharan trade?
What circumstances led to the rise of the Fatimid Caliphate?