The Sahara: Past, Present and Future

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Jeremy Keenan
Routledge, Oct 18, 2013 - History - 394 pages

This collection examines the Sahara holistically from the earliest (prehistoric) times through the ‘historical’ period to the present and with political direction into the future. The contributions cover palaeoclimatology, history, archaeology (cultural heritage), social anthropology, sociology, politics and international affairs. Structured chronologically, the volume can almost be read as a narrative of the Sahara from the earliest times to the present, i.e. from the past climates of the Sahara in prehistoric times to the current ‘war on terror’ and its implications for the peoples of the Sahara. Importantly, the collection shows how the region must be approached ‘holistically’, highlighting the importance of each of these subject areas (palaeo-climates, history, politics, etc.) in relation to each other. Indeed, the first contribution is a remarkable (and unique) paper, bringing together the work of some 8-9 internationally recognised scientists to tell the story and show the relevance to the present day of the Sahara’s past climates etc. Nearly all the contributions stand in their own right at the cutting edge of research in their respective fields (e.g. archaeology, history, politics, etc.).

This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of North African Studies.


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1 The ClimateEnvironmentSociety Nexus in the Sahara from Prehistoric Times to the Present Day
Methods Sources and Interpretations Across the African Divide
3 The North African Factor in Tajdeed Tradition in Hausaland Northern Nigeria
4 The Question of Race in the Precolonial Southern Sahara
The World of NineteenthCentury Beyrouk Commerce
The Fazzan Project 19972002 Briefing
The Evidence of the Plant Remains from the Fazzan Project
The Threatened Archaeology of Western Sahara
The Material Intellectual and Social Implications of the Destruction of Cultural Heritage Briefing
A Saharan Frontierstate
The Struggle of Sawaba and the Algerian Connection 19571966
Mobility Strategies and Networks among the Kel Antessar
What Future for Africas Last Colony?
16 Nationalism Identity and Citizenship in the Western Sahara
17 The UNDP the World Bank and Biodiversity in the Algerian Sahara
18 Libyas Saharan Destiny

Tourism Development and Cultural Heritage in the Libyan Sahara
A Preliminary Report on the Archaeology of a Site in the Tagant Region of South East Mauritania Near Dhar Tichitt
The Implications of Americas New Imperialism for Saharan Peoples

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Jeremy Keenan is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Saharan Studies Programme at the University of East Anglia. He first visited the Tuareg in 1964 and has subsequently written four books and several dozen academic articles on them and related peoples/regions of the Sahara-Sahel. He has also produced a series of films on the cultural heritage of the Sahara. He holds visiting posts at a number of universities

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