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1. Kanuri and Arabic

The first contact between Islam and the empire of Kanem, situated near Lake Chad, was made through trade. Kanem had commercial links with Tripoli in North Africa via Kawar and the Fezzan. This trade “provided the gateway for Islam to enter Kanem” (Clarke 1982:67). In the second half of the 8th century, a more permanent Muslim presence was established on the Kanem-North African trade route with the establishment of the small states of Ajar Fazzan and Zawila; Zaw…

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Sergio Baldi, “Kanuri”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0070>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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