The Lost Kingdoms Of Africa: Through Muslim Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat and Camel Paperback – 19 Jan 2006
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fast-moving, atmospheric and very readable (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
The book throws light on one of the most obscure regions of Africa, and I found it most entertaining and enlightening. I recommend it highly to the armchair traveller. (IRISH EXAMINER)
An atmospheric and timely story that highlights the growing desperation and anger in these marginalised desert societies. (GLOBAL)
A searingly intelligent portrait of a region the world seems determined to overlook. (TRAVEL AFRICA)
Jeffrey Tayler travels 2,500 miles across the Sahel by truck, taxi, bus and boat to present a personal account of one of the continent's least-known regions - that of Muslim Africa.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The author crossed overland from Chad to Senegal, visiting among others the Djourab, Maiduguri, Zinder, and Timbuktu. As an American he expects to encounter hostility - this is post Twin Towers - but on the whole finds nothing but welcome, gentle curiosity, and the odd acrimonious hawker seeking to take advantage.
The scenes are well described and lively, though the harshness of the Sahelian landscape is perhaps a little overdone (it was harmattan season, though). The ultimate conclusion he comes to is not a happy one. He encounters grinding poverty and hopelessness and wonders how it is that we can allow this unfairness to continue. It will, he predicts, provide a fertile breeding ground for terrorists. The contrast between the current situation, and that of say 500 years ago, when this part of the world saw famous and wealthy kingdoms and empires rise, is another sobering thought.
Between the 7th and 18 centuries there were mmany kingdoms along the authors route which he explores.Although welcomed in most places he met with tyrany,corruption and anti Christian bigotry.His anecdotes are wonderful but not unexpected.
An excellent book but should have had pictures. There is no index.