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Title:The Arabs and the Sudan: from the seventh to the early sixteenth century
Author:Hasan, Yusuf FadlISNI
City of publisher:Edinburgh
Publisher:Edinburgh U.P
Geographic term:Sudan
traditional polities
Abstract:This study deals particularly with the dark-skinned people of the eastern Bilad-al-Sudan. The author elucidates the interplay of political, geographical and economic factors which shaped this country during the period from the 7th to the 16th century. The fluctuating fortunes of the peoples of the Christian Kingdoms of al-Maris, al-Mugarra, 'Alwa and the Beja country are considered against the back-cloth of the growing strength of Islam to the North. The Christians and Muslims were involved in many border incidents, and many 'treaties' for the exchange of trade and slaves were negotiated to mutual advantage. But the fighting over the centuries, and the infiltration of organised Arab tribes, finally resulted in the complete Arabization and Islamization of the Christian Kingdoms.