CHAPTER 5: NORTH AND NORTH-EASTERN AFRICA TO 1000 CE
QUESTIONS AND EXERCISES
Discuss the impact of first the Greeks and then the Romans on the ancient civilisations of northern Africa. In what ways did Africa contribute to the wealth of the Roman empire?
Discuss the impact of early Christianity upon the peoples of northern Africa. What advantages and disadvantages did the new religion have to offer?
Why were Donatism and Monophysitism attractive to north Africans? And why did the Roman empire and Church persecute them so relentlessly?
To what extent was the rise of Aksum a local African evolution? And what was the contribution of immigrants to the distinctive culture of the Aksumite kingdom?
Why did the initial Arab invasions of northern Africa proceed so rapidly? And why was the initial speed of conquest and conversion not sustained?
Discuss the impact of Islam and the Arab invasions upon the peoples of north Africa before 1000 CE. On balance, was theirs a positive or negative contribution to the development of northern Africa?