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François-Xavier Fauvelle talks to Georgina Godwin

The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages

Hay Festival 2019, 

From the birth of Islam in the 7th century to the voyages of European exploration in the 15th, Africa was at the centre of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which places like Mali, Ghana, Nubia and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilisations, and where African royals, thinkers and artists played celebrated roles in the globalised world of the Middle Ages.