North East Africa 979 CE

The Christian kingdoms in Nubia and Ethiopia have become increasingly isolated outposts of Christianity, entirely cut off from other Christian nations by Muslim territory. Nevertheless, the Nubian kingdoms have ...

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What is happening in North East Africa in 979CE

The Christian kingdoms in Nubia and Ethiopia have become increasingly isolated outposts of Christianity, entirely cut off from other Christian nations by Muslim territory.

Nevertheless, the Nubian kingdoms have generally peaceful relations to Muslim-ruled Egypt to the north. A lively trade exists between them, supplying the Muslim world with the age-old commodities of central Africa, including ivory, ebony and slaves.

In Ethiopia, the inhabitants also face fierce and unrelenting pressure from the pagan peoples on their southern borders.

Within Ethiopia, a powerful landed aristocracy owns most of the land and controls the lives of the peasantry.

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