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Department
New College
Course
NEW150Y1
Professor
Thomas Tieku
Semester
Fall

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Conceptualizing Africa What is Africa? - Social Construct o It is an idea that is an agreement between people o Dynamic o Always going through phases  Name: Africa  18 /19 century invention or social construct  Romans are credited for the term ‘Africa.’  Greek: Aphrike = Not cold  Latin: Afri = The Berbers  Latin Aprica = Sunny  Originally used as a name due to climate  Wasn’t known as ‘Land of the Blacks’ until the scholars.  Former names:  Libya – called by Indians  Ethiopia – used by Asians  Bilad Al Sudan – created by Muslim scholars/travellers o “Land of the Blacks” o Name created by Ibn Battuta (1325-1354)  Most of the African documentation came from this scholar o Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406)  Source of the many African ideas and history. o Name “Africa” was constructed by foreigners without actual Africans being involved in the name  Africans have their own words to describe themselves and the continent  The name o
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