Glossary for the letter "A":
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|Abbasid Caliphate |
Second Muslim government headed by the caliph (religious leader) of the Muslim community; capital was Baghdad, 750 - 1258 CE.
Name borne by five princes of the Umayyad dynasty, amirs and caliphs of Cordoba.
Matrilineal clan through which the maternal life force is passed on to children in the Akan (Ghanaian) belief system.
Muslim kingdom in northern Sumatra in the seventeenth century.
Persian empire of the seventh century BCE.
Afrikaans-speaking descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa.
History from an Africa-centered perspective.
Japanese film director.
Important trading kingdom dominant in Northeast Africa from fifth century BCE to tenth century CE.
Akan (Ghanaian) wooden fertility figure in a human shape.
Area of Muslim rule on the Iberian peninsula, 711 - 1492 CE.
Eleventh-century Muslim geographer who described the kingdom of Ghana.
Thirteenth-century Muslim pilgrim who wrote about his travels between Egypt and Iran.
Twelfth-century Muslim geographer who described the kingdom of Ghana.
Shinto sun goddess.
Genoan merchant and mariner who publicized his travels to South America, 1454-1512 CE.
Chief god of the ancient Egyptians.
Navajo word for "ancient ones": Native American group in Southwest prominent around 1200 BCE.
People who live in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, from the traditional name al-Andalus.
The belief that personalized, supernatural beings (or souls) inhabit ordinary objects and govern their existence.
Shang dynasty capital and site of major archaeological excavations.
Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean who migrated from South America centuries before Columbus.
Muslim poet and theologian who became the leading mystical thinker of North Africa in the fourteenth century.
Kingdom of the Asante people, which reached its height after 1700, was located in a gold-producing forest of what is modern-day Ghana.
Third-century BCE Mauryan king who converted to Buddhism and spread the religion throughout the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka.
Last Inkan ruler.
Leader and first president of the Republic of Turkey who instituted secular reforms, 1881 - 1938.
Arabic name, Ibn Sina; Muslim philosopher and physician whose medical texts became standard for European doctors, 980 - 1037 CE.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Religious leader who led the revolution against the Iranian shah in 1979.
Communal organizations or lineages in Andean highlands, especially during the time of the Inka.
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