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How kind were the Muslim occupations of North Africa?

The history is a bit sketchy about this period. The most well-known early source, Ibn Abd al-Hakam Conquest of Egypt and North Africa and Spain, was written in 870. Being written about two centuries ...
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Why did the Allies Invade French North Africa?

There were a number of factors that led to the Allied invasions in North Africa in November 1942. Most of these factors were military, but the political element also cannot be ignored. 1942 was an ...
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Why didn't Romans conquer/explore the African Atlantic Coast?

Because the Sahara desert goes all the way to the Atlantic coast. The Romans were not great seafarers and required the support of coastal towns to cover long distances. The Western Sahara represents a ...
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Why didn't the Moroccans try to explore and conquer the New World?

I believe I found the answer in Wikipedia's article on the Marinid dynasty; quite simply the dynasty was in decline from the 13th century; in the 15th century (OP's reference period), the decline was ...
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Why didn't the Moroccans try to explore and conquer the New World?

Citing Ezad Azraai Jamsari / Mohamad Zulfazdlee Abul Hassan Ashari, The Marinid Naval Force According to Historical Perspective (Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 5 No. 29 | Doi:10.5901/...
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How kind were the Muslim occupations of North Africa?

This Jewish source characterizes Muslim rule in Spain during the Middle Ages as being "kind" by contemporary standards, but not by modern standards. Jews and Christians in Spain lived in a "second ...
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How important was the Suez Canal to the Allies during WWII?

The Suez Canal was important mostly to the British, but it was very important to them. They needed to move large amounts of raw materials to Britain, where their industries were, and move the products ...
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Why didn't Romans conquer/explore the African Atlantic Coast?

The Romans for the most part didn't expand because there was nice productive land they'd like to colonize. They expanded for political reasons. For example, North West Africa was originally part of ...
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Does the Ottoman Empire count as a colonial power?

Colonialism in its strict and historic sense means the practice of settling a large number of colonists in subject countries, as did the British in North America, Ireland, Southern Africa, Australia, ...
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Were North African silver certificates actually printed in 1935?

Were they actually printed in 1935 and reserved for a niche use like this, ... No, since the '1935' does not relect the date it was printed, but the year it was designed. At the time in most ...
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Why did European writers and artists continue to depict the Moors as being black skinned, even though they were mostly Berbers and Arabs

The "Moors" were a very diverse group. The first invading "Moors" were Arabs and Berbers from North Africa, the Berbers being descended from the Moors of Classical antiquity and thus probably mostly ...
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Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?

The decline of Christianity in the Maghreb is related to the Arab conquest and the rule of Muslim governors. An important step in that decline was the rule of Almoravids and Almohads, under which most ...
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Does the Ottoman Empire count as a colonial power?

The Ottoman Empire, like China, did not fit the "classic" definition of colonial power. The European countries are considered "colonists" because they colonized or settled lands far from their ...
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Why didn't the Moroccans try to explore and conquer the New World?

From the 15th to 20th centuries, the Moroccans had a love-hate relationship (but mostly the former) with the Ottoman Empire. For most of that period, they could get trade goods from India and the rest ...
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Was there a state or kingdom in the Maghreb of North Africa that predates the founding of Carthage?

Not really, no. Carthage itself started out as a Phoenician colony, along with Utica probably in the 8th Century BC. The Phoenicians themselves were a Northwest Semitic people whose language was ...
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From Twitter: When did Islamic literacy fall behind?

One cannot be literate without books to read, and regardless on one's religious beliefs The Bible is one of the great works of literature of Western civilization. The invention of the printing press ...
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WWII: What navy controlled the Mediterranean during the North African Campaign?

The British Navy by-and-large had control of the Mediterranean. However, there were some caveats. The successful German invasions of Greece and Crete showed that land-based command of the air trumped ...
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Did the deity "Horus" pre-date "Horus-Aha"?

The short answer is that we don't know for certain. Our understanding of the early evolution of the Egyptian pantheon is limited by the paucity of early texts. What we can say is neatly summarised ...
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Does the Ottoman Empire count as a colonial power?

The French and British rule of their areas is generally called colonial rule, the Ottoman rule isn't. Actually, that's not quite right. You can see the Ottomans listed here at the side of other "well ...
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Libya: Did Gaddafi forbid locks in private homes and order people to swap jobs?

Much of that seems exaggerated (as you'd expect for a book portraying a young child's point of view). Gaddafi imposed restrictions on private property but never totally abolished it. Law 4 in 1978 ...
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Stonehenge-like olive presses?

He's probably talking about structures like this one at Senam Semana in Roman Tripolitania: You can see the superficial resemblance to the Stonehenge trilithons: image source Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0 ...
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Why didn't Romans conquer/explore the African Atlantic Coast?

Because their ships weren't up to very long sea voyages, particularly if they didn't know where they were going. The coast of northwest Africa is dangerous. The Portuguese called part of it the Cabo ...
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Did the Moors and Arabs, "Muslims," who invaded Europe, ie "Spain," help the evolution of civilizations of Europe?

The actual question that was posed on here five years ago now was whether “the Moors and Arabs, ‘Muslims’ who invaded Europe, i.e. Spain” helped the “evolution of civilisations of Europe”. The answer ...
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Through what developments did Sweden end up in war in northern Africa in early 1800's?

This is a difficult topic to find good sources for, because this war is largely forgotten in Sweden. It was not a very dignified affair, and was overshadowed by the catastrophic defeat in the Finnish ...
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When did blackouts occur in Cairo during WW2?

We can indeed nail down a date for this: CAIRO LIGHTS GO UP FIRST CAPITAL TO END BLACK-OUT By an order of the Military Governor, published last night, the black-out in Cairo ends to-day, and full ...
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What was this king/ warrior's exact name (AGATHOFLIS)

Turns out it was a typo. In Arabic language, the letters فـ 'Fa' and قـ 'Qaf' share the same cursive writing, with Qaf having one additional point. The king is Agathocles of Syracuse. In the Wikipedia ...
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Which lame moor was the namesake of Rancho Moro Cojo?

The book Historic Spots in California: Fifth Edition claims the term moro was used to indicate anything black, and that tradition says that a lame black horse gave the name to this particular ...
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Is there a reason beyond the simple textbook explanation as to why the Allied forces chose to fight the Axis powers in North Africa during WWII?

The Axis fought in North Africa because the Allies attacked them. No particularly deep analysis needed there, although it's worth mentioning that, unlike the Allies, the Axis forces never simply ...
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