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Economics: Pastoral Economies: East and Northeast Africa
(1,198 words)

Within the East African regions dominated by Islam, two major forms of specialized pastoralism could traditionally be found. One was based mainly on the production of meat and subsidiary dairy products for sale. Sheep and goat herding was the mainstay of Middle Eastern pastoralism, often combined with long distance trade. In contrast to this, East and Northeast African pastoralism instead focused on the production of milk for family consumption. In savanna areas, cattle usually provided the main…

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Dahl, Gudrun, “Economics: Pastoral Economies: East and Northeast Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0241c>
First published online: 2009

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