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The Living Sahara: Home

This LibGuide supports the workshop "The Living Sahara" and is meant to help break down the idea of the Sahara being a dividing line between the North and South, and instead being a link and a connection.


We have created this LibGuide to support the workshop "The Living Sahara: New Horizons in Teaching Africa and the Middle East". We will continue to build it over time. We hope that this guide is of use to you!

Workshop: "The Living Sahara"

Islam at a Crossroads in West Africa

Learn about the development of Islam in West Africa through the discussion in this episode of the Ottoman History Podcast!

Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

"The Cradle of Mankind"

Great Zimbabwe (Historical City)

Rock-Hewn Churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia

Nigerian National Museum, Lagos

Black Rocks at Pungo Andongo, Malanje Province, Angola

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Africa is an incredibly diverse continent that crosses approximately 30 million square kilometers, represents about one-fifth of the Earth's landmass, and encompasses over 50 countries. Within Africa, Sub-Saharan African -- known as Tropical Africa -- houses indigenous black populations. There isn't a clear boundary separating North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and the latter has been a melting pot where indigenous regions have interacted with Christianity, Islam, and other religious movements from the East and West. 

The countries bordering the Sahara and parts of central and southern Africa possess valuable reserves of resources including oil, uranium, gold, and diamonds.

Below you will find resources that link directly to the UIUC Library catalog and to useful and relevant sites outside the Library. 

Literature and Theater


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Librarian Contact

Laila Hussein Moustafa

Middle East & North African Studies Librarian
Assistant Professor, University Library

This LibGuide was designed by: 

  Alice Tierney-Fife 

  Yung-hui Chou

Sub-Saharan Studies at UIUC

Nairobi, Kenya

Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda

Montagne d'Ambre National Park, Madagascar

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix, Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire

Abdülhamid II Mosque, Djibouti City, Djibouti