Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa: Africa-Centred and Canaanite-Israelite Perspectives . By Dierk Lange . Verlag J.H. Röll, Dettelbach, 2004, 586 pp., ISBN 3-89754-115-7. Price EUR 59.80.

Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa: Africa-Centred and Canaanite-Israelite Perspectives . By Dierk... BOOK REVIEW Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa: Africa-Centred and Canaanite-Israelite Perspectives. By Dierk Lange. Verlag J.H. Röll, Dettelbach, 2004, 586 pp., ISBN 3-89754-115-7. Price EUR 59.80. In the colonial period, it was generally assumed that the rise of states in sub-Saharan Africa was a consequence of important outside influences in classical times. With the independence of the African states this idea has been discarded in favour of internal developments within African societies. The states of the Sahelian zone, therefore, were supposed to have originated during the medieval period in consequence of the rising trade sparked off by the Arabic conquest of North Africa. The only alternative position was that of Fage and Oliver who suggested, in 1962, a diffusion of the `Sudanic' states from Meroe and South Arabia. Since then there has been hardly any new research trying to look afresh at the enigma of the origin of these states. The book "Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa" by Dierk Lange takes up the earlier line of thought. It suggests that sub-Saharan African societies owe important cultural inputs to the Semitic world, which in the Phoenician period stretched from Morocco to South Arabia. The massive volume is a collection http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa: Africa-Centred and Canaanite-Israelite Perspectives . By Dierk Lange . Verlag J.H. Röll, Dettelbach, 2004, 586 pp., ISBN 3-89754-115-7. Price EUR 59.80.

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 3 (2): 297 – Oct 25, 2005

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BOOK REVIEW Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa: Africa-Centred and Canaanite-Israelite Perspectives. By Dierk Lange. Verlag J.H. Röll, Dettelbach, 2004, 586 pp., ISBN 3-89754-115-7. Price EUR 59.80. In the colonial period, it was generally assumed that the rise of states in sub-Saharan Africa was a consequence of important outside influences in classical times. With the independence of the African states this idea has been discarded in favour of internal developments within African societies. The states of the Sahelian zone, therefore, were supposed to have originated during the medieval period in consequence of the rising trade sparked off by the Arabic conquest of North Africa. The only alternative position was that of Fage and Oliver who suggested, in 1962, a diffusion of the `Sudanic' states from Meroe and South Arabia. Since then there has been hardly any new research trying to look afresh at the enigma of the origin of these states. The book "Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa" by Dierk Lange takes up the earlier line of thought. It suggests that sub-Saharan African societies owe important cultural inputs to the Semitic world, which in the Phoenician period stretched from Morocco to South Arabia. The massive volume is a collection

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