What are the values of teaching and learning the history of North Africa to a history teacher?
North African history is extremely important for education, and there are many reasons why a history teacher would want to include it in their curriculum. First of all, much of ancient civilization revolved around areas in North Africa—particularly the kingdoms in Egypt, which rose to prominence prior to Greek and Roman civilizations. This area is hypothesized to be the cradle of civilization, so much of ancient human history originates in this region.
Another reason it is important is because it held such prominence in many important medieval conflicts. For instance, as Arabs conquered much of Northern Africa and established their dominance there, the term "Moor" came to refer to the Arabs of this region. Thus this location was central as a strategic battleground in the series of Crusades in which the Catholic Church sought to reclaim Jerusalem.
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