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Great African Empires, Part 4: Philosopher Kings of the Sahara

They turned a Saharan trade route into a world-class center of Islamic learning. Meet the first medieval empire in West African history. Some empires blossom around central seaports, or on the banks of vital rivers. But the Kingdom of Wagadu’s wealth was born — at least, in the beginning — thanks to a tall, long-legged, bad-tempered animal. […]

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