- Apr 2010
Yes they kept links. However links which connected North Africa to Mediterranean and Middle East were always much stronger. Islam is one of those links.You made an earlier claim that throughout recorded history that N. Africa civilization was separate from subsaharan civilization. This is erroneous, as throughout Ancient history, the languages and populations of N. Africa have deep links and even origins from subsaharan Africa or the Sahara desert itself.
Btw, Sahara was not always so bare as is today.
I claimed Egypt and Libya have more in common with Greece than with Congo. And I firmly stand behind that claim.It doesn't matter if Islam did not originate from Subsaharan Africa. I just don't see how in the premodern era that countries like Sudan, where they spoke Arabic and practised sharia was less close to Libya or Egypt than Greece. This is what you seem to be claiming: mostly that subsaharan Africa as a whole was less close to N. Africa throughout recorded history.
Egypt after conquest always was one of the centres of Islam. It was and still is one of the most influential Islamic countries.The unity or cohesion within the Arab world today is more likely than not the result of Arab nationalism of the late 19th century or maybe later and has nothing to do with the medieval era of ancient times.