The Arab Conquest of The Western Sahara
Librairie du Liban Publishers
SAHARA, NORTH AFRICA, ARAB CONQUEST, HISTORY, TRIBES
309pp of English text, maps, b/w photographs, 10 Plates, Biblio,index, Arab Background Series, Studies of the Historical Events, Religious Beliefs and Social Customs Which Made the Remotest Sahara a Part of the Arab World. Copy in Mint Condition, New.
Professor Norris draws on numerous sources, from such Arab and European travellers and historians as Ibn Battutah and Leo Africanus to local historians steeped in traditions of oral history. He examines how certain tribes and regions of the Western Sahara responded to the arrival of the Arabs, with particular reference to the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries when Arab power was consolidated. He shows how this position was not always archieved by military means.
this book makes a scholarly contribution to an understanding of how the national boundaries bequeathed by the European powers divided the vernacular groups and of how one of the least populated areas of the world has come to be scene of the contemporary conflict between the territorial claims of Morocco and those of the Western Saharans for their own independance.