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- African Indigenous Knowledge
- Dr. Gloria Emeagwali, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University,
provides citations to books and links to web sites relating to the, "Background
History of Africa, African Food Processing Techniques, African Textile Techniques,
African Metallurgy, Colonialism and Africa's Technology, and Mathematics
in pre-colonial Hausaland, West Africa. http://www.africahistory.net
- Chronology with descriptions for Ancient Africa, African Empires, African
Slave Trade & European Imperialism, Anti-Colonialism, Post-Independence
Africa, plus Sources for Further Study. Site by Cora Agatucci, Associate
Professor of English, Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon. http://www.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum211/timelines/htimelinetoc.htm
- ArchNet: Islamic Architecture Community
- "online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects,...". Find full text books and many photographs, by country. Course syllabi, such as Seminar in African Art and Culture Art, Architecture and Tradition; Building Identity in West Africa (Dr. Peter Mark). From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning. http://archnet.org
Books include -
- Zanzibar: A Plan for the Historic Stone Town. By Bianca, Stefano & Francesco Siravo. 1996.
Mosque Architecture in Buganda, Uganda. By Timothy Insoll. 1997. Chapter in Muqarnas XIV: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World. Gülru Necipoglu (ed). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 177-189. In PDF.
- The Great Mosque Djenné, Mali
- History of the mosque, its current significance. Lesson plans, curriculum
ideas for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, a timeline, an image
gallery and diagrams. For K-12 and university teachers. From the J.
Paul Getty Trust. [KF]
- Cape Town Underground
- The Univ. of Cape Town's Research Unit for Archaeology, RESUNACT, focuses
on 19th century Cape Town. The work incorporates literature, architecture,
graphic art. A GIS database will be created, an occasional series is planned. http://www.uct.ac.za/depts/archaeology
- Cities/Buildings Archive
- A online digital image archive of cities and buildings around the world.
Includes Kenya. All files on this site are copyright controlled. Maintained
by Meredith Clausen, Professor of Architectual History, Univ. of Washington,
Seattle. Prof. Simon Ottenberg is Africa section consultant and his
collection of images will be added. http://www.washington.edu/ark2/
African History Sourcebook - Paul Halsall
- Has full-text sources for African history arranged by topics. Includes
the Black Athena Debate, human origins, Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, Islam in
Africa, West African kingdoms, Great Zimbabwe, etc.. Maintained by Paul
Halsall, Fordham University. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/africa/africasbook.html
of the Medieval Sudan
- An introduction to the history of Sudanic Africa (the states of Songhay,
Kanem-Bornu, and Hausaland.) Discusses trade and Islam. Photographs by
Lucy Johnson illustrate - Images of Islam (Grand Mosque at Jenne), River
Scenes, Daily Life, The Dogon, Traditions and Beliefs, The Desert. Has
multiple-choice tests. Project arises from a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
grant to Xavier University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching (New
Orleans, LA). Site by J. Rotondo-McCord. [KF] http://webusers.xula.edu/jrotondo/Kingdoms/
- Library of Congress - Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
- "twenty-two Islamic
manuscripts [in Arabic script] containing important insights into the life and culture of
West Africans during the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era." A project of the Library of Congress and the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library of Timbuktu, Mali. Includes maps - Timbuktu in Space and Time, a history of Timbuktu as an Islamic cultural center, and Timbuktu architecture. http://international.loc.gov/intldl/malihtml/malihome.html
- Accounts of archaeological excavations and information on the people
and culture of Jenné will be posted to this site from Jenné, Mali January
18-30, 1997. The project leaders include Rod and Susan McIntosh from Rice
University's Anthropology Dept. U.S. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from a Texas
school district will email messages to Mali and receive replies from the
project participants. A goal is to save archaeological information from
destruction by erosion. Jenné is the earliest known urban settlement south
of the Sahara and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Has photos, news, teaching
resources, information on Mali and archaeology. http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~anth/arch/mali-interactive/index.html
Yves - Lomé, un siecle d'images, 1884-1990
- In French. The site Togo
Contact from the Centre SYFED-REFER de Lomé (a research network)
has photographs and some text from Marguerat's book, Lome un siecle
d'images, 1884-1990 (Lomé : Presses de l'Universite du Benin, [1993-1996, v.
1-2) which is an economic history of Lomé. Shows hotels, business leaders,
factories, rail/air transport, markets, craftsmen, etc.
- MIT Libraries - Islamic
Architecture, Art, and Urbanism
- Guide to text resources (bibliographies, journals, databases) and visual resources (includes the Aga Khan Visual Archive. Some of its images are in Archnet. See Archnet's Digital Library for photographs of mosques and other buildings). From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Salvage Project. The Institute participated in
the 1960s UNESCO effort to rescue archaeological sites from the rising
waters of the Aswan High Dam. Artifacts recovered from that effort
were presented in two exhibitions -
Its Glory and Its People, 1987 Exhibition. Description and history
by Bruce Williams.
Kingdoms of the Nile, The Rediscovery of Ancient Nubia, 1992 Exhibition.
Includes an image of a Nubian princess ca. 1320 B.C.
Nubia Slavage Project: http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/PROJ/NUB/Nubia.html
Archives. Seven historical photographs from the
Sudan (Nubia). A sample of photographs taken by Institute expeditions
in the early 20th century.
Sudan page: http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/PA/SUDAN/Sudan_Gen.html
Photographic Archives main page: http://www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/PA/OI_PA.html
- Planum: European Journal of Planning
- Information on German architecht, Ernst May (1886-1970), who was Town Planner in Kampala, Uganda, during the 1940s. Maps of Kampala, architectural drawings of housing schemes.
Planum is the e-journal of the Planum Association which concerns urban development and environment preservation. http://www.planum.net/archive/masters.htm
- South African Heritage Resource Agency
- "To provide for the identification, conservation, protection and promotion of our heritage for the present and future generations." Sets national policy for heritage resources management. Database of Early Architects in South Africa. Find for ex. Cape Town architect Franklin Kaye Kendall. Full text of the National Heritage Resources Act. South African history facts. Has a page on historical shipwrecks and lists of library holdings. Based in Cape Town. [KF] http://www.sahra.org.za/
Eredo, Africa's Largest Single Monument
- Photographs. On the site "Recording
West Africa's Visible Archaeology African Legacy" of Dr. Patrick
Darling, School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK.
- New York Times article - "A Wall, a Moat, Behold! A Lost
Yoruba Kingdom: Eredo Journal" by Norimitsu Onishi. Subscription
only access through the New York
Times or Academic
Universe. About a 10th century 100 mile long wall and moat, Sungbo's
Eredo, one of the largest monuments in sub-Saharan Africa. It was erected
around a Yoruba kingdom. Article in the New York Times, September
20, 1999, page A4
World Heritage Sites
- "The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural
and Natural Heritage... agreement, signed to date by more than 150 States
Parties, was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972. Its primary
mission is to define and conserve the world's heritage, by drawing up a
list of sites whose outstanding values should be preserved for all humanity
and to ensure their protection through a closer co-operation among nations."
Examples are in Benin (Royal Palaces of Abomey),
Ethiopia (Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela), Ghana (forts and
castles), Mali (Djenne, Timbuktu, Dogon cliffs), Mauritania
(11th-12th century towns), Senegal (Goree), Tanzania (Kilwa): http://www.unesco.org/whc/nwhc/pages/sites/maplist/africa.htm
- World Heritage page: http://www.unesco.org/whc/nwhc/pages/home/pages/index.htm
Arts of Zimbabwe
- Features the architecture of Great
Zimbabwe and the colonial
period . http://www.postcolonialweb.org/zimbabwe/art/zartov.html
Part of the Literature and Culture of Zimbabwe site, which is part of
the Contemporary Postcolonial & Postimperial Literature in English
site maintained by George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History,
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