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By Mueni wa Muiu, Guy Martin

This publication takes a multidisciplinary and long term ancient viewpoint to check the evolution of African political platforms and associations. It ranges from Antiquity (Egypt, Kush, and Axum) to the current, with a specific specialise in the destruction of those political structures and associations via successive exogenous methods, together with the Atlantic slave alternate, imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism or globalization.

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Nubia traded with Egypt in gold, ivory, and slaves. Nubia paid tribute in slaves to Egypt when it fell under Arab rule in 641. Kush was strongly influenced by Egypt. For example, its rulers relied on Egyptian craftsmen to build monuments and temples. However, Kushitic culture and crafts work were distinct from those of Egypt. Kush’s prominent role, assigned to its queens, in political and economic affairs was also reflected in its art. Kushitic art also displayed the long-horned cow that was familiar among its people.

Reconstituting the State in Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). , Challenges to the Nation-State in Africa (Uppsala, Sweden: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1996). Samatar, Abdi Ismail and Ahmed I. , The African State: Reconsiderations (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002). 1057/9780230618312 - A New Paradigm of the African State, Mueni wa Muiu and Guy Martin CHAPTER 2 Indigenous African Political Systems and Institutions Amongst their [Maninka] good qualities is the small amount of injustice among them, for of all people they are furthest from it .

Following Egypt’s conquest by Assyrian, Persian, Macedonian, and Roman armies, Kush totally liberated itself from Egyptian rule. The high period of Meroitic power and influence lay in the centuries between 300 and 100 BCE. Throughout the Meroitic kingdom, the prevailing belief system remained the Sudanic religion, with its one divinity or spirit associated with the sky. One named deity predominates in the record of Meroitic religion: Apedemak, symbolized in sculpture by a lion figure. The striking feature of Napatan religion was that it most commonly evoked a single Egyptian god, Amun.

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