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Saharan Frontiers Space and Mobility in Northwest Africa

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ISBN-10: 0253001269

ISBN-13: 9780253001269

Edition: 2012

Authors: James McDougall, Judith Scheele

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Description:

The Sahara has long been portrayed as a barrier that divides the Mediterranean world from Africa proper and isolates the countries of the Maghrib from their southern and eastern neighbors. Rather than viewing the desert as an isolating barrier, this volume takes up historian Fernand Braudel's description of the Sahara as "the second face of the Mediterranean." The essays recast the history of the region with the Sahara at its center, uncovering a story of densely interdependent networks that span the desert's vast expanse. They explore the relationship between the desert's "islands" and "shores" and the connections and commonalities that unite the region. Contributors draw on extensive ethnographic and historical research to address topics such as trade and migration; local notions of place, territoriality, and movement; Saharan cities; and the links among ecological, regional, and world-historical approaches to understanding the Sahara.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 6/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

James McDougall is Assistant Professor in History at Princeton University. He has edited Nation, Society and Culture in North Africa (2003).

Acknowledgments
Note on Spelling and Transliteration
Introduction
Time and Space in the Sahara
Framing Saharan Africa
Situations Both Alike?
Connectivity, the Mediterranean, the Sahara
On Being Saharan
Saharan Trade in Classical Antiquity
Frontiers, Borderlands, and Saharan/World History
Environment, Territory and Community
The Rites of Baba Merzug
Diaspora, Ibadism, and Social Status in the Valley of the Mzab
Celebrating Mawlid in Timimoun
Ritual as Words in Motion, Space as Time Stood Still
Villages and Crossroads
Changing Territorialities among the Tuareg of Northern Mali
Ethnicity and Interdependence
Moors and Haalpulaaren in the Senegal Valley
Strangers. Space, and Labor
Mauritania and the New Frontier of Europe
From Transit to Residence
Living Together and Living Apart in Nouakchott
Cultural Interaction and the Artisanal Economy in Tamanrasset
Economies of Movement
Notes on the Informal Economy in Southern Morocco
Garage or Caravanserail
Saharan Connectivity in Al-Khalil, Northern Mali
Movements of People and Goods
Local Impacts and Dynamics of Migration to and through the Central Sahara
Glossary
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index