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Tropical Africa/Asia

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TermDefinition
Africanity The clear but puzzling cultural unity that existed despite the large size of the African continent
Communal vs. Convergent cities Uniqueness of a city (Paris, or London) vs. the similar trading cities of the world (Islamic and Chinese cities)
Delhi Sultanate Islamic state of northern India
Diasporic Communities Communities where people introduced their own cultural traditions into the indigenous culture
Ghana South of the Sahara in the Western Sudan
Great Zimbabwe Inland from the coastal cities was a powerful state on the plateau south of the Zambezi River, with a capital city known as Great Zimbabwe
Griots Master storytellers
Hausa To the East of the Niger River, this state became powerful around the 15th century
Ibn Battuta Muslim traveler who visited many areas of the tropics and beyond in his journeys between 1325 and 1354
Mali Kingdom in Western Africa that came after Ghana and became even bigger than Ghana
Mansa Musa Sundiata's grand-nephew who ruled from 1312-1337
Marco Polo Italian man who visited China in the late 13th century
Monsoons Alternating Winds
Songhay Located in the middle areas of the Niger River valley
Stateless Society Society that has no hierarchy of officials but instead relies on kinship relations or other forms of personl obligations for order.
Sundiata Legendary "Lion-King" who conquered all others in the mid 13th century to found the kingdom of Mali
Swahili Coast Another center of Islamization in the east coast that shared the same Swahilian language
Created by: Ghazmo