The history of North Africa parallels that of the Middle East. The first civilizations appeared sometime around 3000 BC in Egypt and Ethiopia. The shared history of North Africa and the Midde East are not surprising when one considers that Egypt was linked through the Fertile Crescent all the way to Western Asia, while Ethiopia was heavily influenced by Arabia, just across the Red Sea. It was natural, then, for these two North African locations, isolated from the rest of the African continent by desert to the west and equatorial jungle to the south, to evolve in rhythm with the Middle East, insulated from the rest of the land mass of which they were a part. A course in African history, which will include North Africa, will cover the following topics:
Students interested in the history of this part of the world should be reading The Journal of North African Studies. Amazon.com is one place to find books on North African history. Students can also find books on North African history on Google.com.
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