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Unformatted text preview: th camel spread among Berber Populations in Sahel as traders connected to Berbers Outside Influence From 700s to 1300s CE Arab and Islamic culture was the biggest outside influence Islam spreads from Middle East to North African in 7 th century and then west and south Coming of Islam o From 7 th to 11 th century, widespread phenomenon o Arab conquest gave Trans Saharan trade new impetus o Berbers were first converts to Islam in this region o Second wave of Islamization 11 th century with the rise of the Almoravids, a Berber religious movement o By the 16 th century Islam was well established in Sudanic regions Influence o Merchants and rulers first to convert convert for more/better trade o Commoners, if converted at all, became Muslim much later o Arabic cultural influences mixed with African culture o Influence of Islam on: Language Education Architecture Law Gender roles Social classes...
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