How ya Ghana Keep 'em down in Songhai, after they've seen Mali?
An Integrated, Interdisciplinary Unit on West African History, Literature, & Culture in the Middle Ages. An Integrated, Interdisciplinary Unit on West African History, Literature, & Culture in the Middle Ages. This unit was developed to introduce students to the history of West Africa in the middle ages and early modern times and examine to compare and contrast modern Africa. Students will study and evaluate the geography, trade routes, art, oral history, and culture of this time period. In addition this unit will provide a perspective concerning what makes a successful trade empire and how ethics and belief systems are affected by the spread of ideas. It will also give students the opportunity to examine the importance of the growth of the Islamic religion throughout the West African geographic area.