The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages

    Translated by
  • Troy Tice

An unforgettable journey into the forgotten history of medieval Africa


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Published (US):
Feb 9, 2021
Published (UK):
Mar 16, 2021
6.5 x 8.13 in.
43 b/w illus. 2 maps
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From the birth of Islam in the seventh century to the voyages of European exploration in the fifteenth, Africa was at the center of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which Ghâna, Nubia, and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilizations, and where African royals, thinkers, and artists played celebrated roles in an increasingly globalized world. François-Xavier Fauvelle brings this thrilling era marvelously to life. A book that finally recognizes Africa’s important role in the Middle Ages, The Golden Rhinoceros carefully pieces together the written and archaeological evidence to tell an unforgettable story that is at once sensitive to Africa’s rich social diversity and alert to the trajectories that connected Africa with the wider Muslim and Christian worlds.

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Awards and Recognition

  • The 2018 Medieval Book of the Year