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Title: Meroe and Aksum: Trade Entrepots

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Date: May 7, 2015
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The coast is referenced in relation to trade as early as 100 AD, in a Greek handbook meant to aid Greek traders through the market-towns of the region, known as The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. Although largely constituted of mixed farming communities, the market-towns which are discussed in The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea also dealt with the exchange of ivory, tortoise shell, and coconut oil for iron tools and weapons between themselves and that of Arabia...

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The market-towns of 100 A.D. were later transformed by the addition of Shi'ite refuges to the northern half of the coast, who brought with them the Islamic religion. The influence of the Shi'ites helped foster trade between the coast and the Muslim world, as well as with the outside world. Due to the lucrative nature of trade on the coast, a vast quantity of Muslim speaking traders followed the path of the Shi'ite refugees and immigrated to the coast...

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