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date: 21 August 2019

Kanem-Bornu 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
Author(s):
Ray A. KeaRay A. KEA

From roughly the eighth to the nineteenth century the Kanem-Bornu state system of northern Africa was strategically located at the crossroads of a trade and cultural network in the Lake Chad basin. As a major center of Islamic learning and scholarship it was instrumental in the spread of Islam to the west, south, and east. Commercially it was a leading source of salt (alum) and slaves to the Mediterranean lands of Christendom. ...

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