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Title:Libya, the trans-Saharan trade of Egypt, and 'Abdallah Al-Kahhal, 1880-1914
Author:Walz, Terence
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:long-distance trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/21540993-90000008
Abstract:Egypt's trans-Saharan trade along its western frontier with Libya underwent perceptible changes in the course of the nineteenth century. The development of strong commercial ties with the kingdom of Darfur during the previous century and the implantation of an imperial regime in the eastern Sudan, beginning in 1820, dramatically changed the direction of trade with Black Africa, away from the western Sudan towards the east. During most of the nineteenth century, Egypt drew heavily on the resources of what is now present-day Sudan for supplies of slaves, ivory, feathers, gum, and other products of the trans-Saharan African export market. This article focuses on that western portion of Egypt's trade with Sudanic Africa during the last decade of the nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth. In order to dramatize the trade and how it functioned, the paper has been cast in terms of a biographical portrait of?Abdallah al-Kahhal (c. 1840-1921), merchant, agent, and government confidant, who personified Egypt's intra-African connections. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]