Medieval Europe 814-1350: World Events Research Article from World Eras

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Over the past three thousand years, people speaking the Bantu family of languages have spread out from western Africa and now dominate the cultures of most of sub-Saharan Africa, diffusing their knowledge of ironwork and agriculture.

The West African city-state of Benin emerges in what is now Nigeria, becoming renowned for its metalwork. By the late fifteenth century, when Portuguese explorers visit it for the first time, it has become a large, powerful, and prosperous walled city.

Seljuq Turks, originally from Central Asia, become Sunnite Muslims and begin their westward expansion.

Iranian scientist Avicenna (Abu 'All al-Husayn ibn 'Abd Allah ibn Sina) becomes court physician to Buyid prince Shams ad-Dawlah of Hamadan (in west-central Iran), where Avicenna writes his al-Qanun fi at-tibb (The Canon of Medicine), which is widely considered the best-known single book in the history of medicine, and other important studies of science and philosophy.

The Incan civilization...

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