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WCF.M3.L45 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain the factors leading to the development of large states and empires in pre-colonial Africa.
  • Describe cultural integration among the Yoruba and its implications for culture change, with particular reference to religion.
  • Compare the early introduction of Islam and Christianity into West African societies.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 155-157Lesson 45 Introduction

  • General

  • Arab accounts of Islam under various African rulers. Not too detailed. Look for the influence of Islam.
  • Oliver: The African Experience
  • 108b-115bCities of the Plain
  • 148-161bSwelling Caravans

  • Isichei: A History of Christianity in Africa
  • 52c-73aAfrican Churches of the Middle Years 1500–1800

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 157-162Government and Trade in Western Sudanic States

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 80-83States and Trade in West and East Africa 500- 1500
  • 136-137Africa 1500- 1800

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 273-278Review: Fringes of the Civilized World to 1500
  • 275-278Review: Sub Saharan Africa
  • 296-297Review: Chronological Chart

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 157-159Lesson 45 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 147-149Benin
  • 820-823Togo

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 45
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What factors encouraged the development or decline of large states and empires in Sub-Saharan Africa in the period 1200-1600? What advantages were there for peoples in these larger states?

  • How was religion integrated into other aspects of Yoruba culture traditionally? What implications do you see for the indigenization of Islam or Christianity in Yoruba culture?

  • Compare the introduction of Islam and Christianity and their integration into West African societies in the period before 1700. How would you account for the differences?