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Across the Sahara

Tracks, Trade and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Libya


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  • Highly illustrated by a variety of unique maps, satellite images and photographs

  • Provides a multi-perspective approach to deepen the different aspects covered in the book

  • There are no comparable books engaged with the subject of caravan trade in the Sahara

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USD 129.00
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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Across the Vast Land—Some Aspects on Libya’s Geography

    • Klaus Braun, Jacqueline Passon, Aniela Jeworutzki
    Pages 1-28Open Access
  3. A Journey Through Time

    • Jacqueline Passon, Said Hamid
    Pages 29-41Open Access
  4. Traders, Nomades and Slaves

    • Jacqueline Passon, Said Hamid, Hassan Mughrabi, Sabrina Swifka
    Pages 43-74Open Access
  5. Navigating and Mapping the “White Spot”

    • Jacqueline Passon, Klaus Braun
    Pages 75-91Open Access
  6. On Major Trans-Saharan Trails

    • Jacqueline Passon, Meike Meerpohl
    Pages 93-163Open Access
  7. Places of Trade, Communication and Religion—Important Oases

    • Jacqueline Passon, Klaus Braun, Said Hamid, Salih al-Mahdi Khalifa, Najmiya as-Sadeq at-Tellisi, Mansour El Nayedh et al.
    Pages 165-247Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 249-260

About this book

This open access book provides a multi-perspective approach to the caravan trade in the Sahara during the 19th century. Based on travelogues from European travelers, recently found Arab sources, historical maps and results from several expeditions, the book gives an overview of the historical periods of the caravan trade as well as detailed information about the infrastructure which was necessary to establish those trade networks. 

Included are a variety of unique historical and recent maps as well as remote sensing images of the important trade routes and the corresponding historic oases. To give a deeper understanding of how those trading networks work, aspects such as culturally influenced concepts of spatial orientation are discussed. 

The book aims to be a useful reference for the caravan trade in the Sahara, that can be recommended both to students and to specialists and researchers in the field of Geography, History and African Studies.


  • Caravan Trading in the 19th century
  • Libyan Sahara
  • Central Sahara
  • Open Access
  • Atlas of Caravan Tracks
  • Historical Maps
  • Concepts of Spacial Orientation
  • Trade Networks
  • Caravan Routes
  • 19th century Trade in the Sahara
  • Trans-Saharan trails
  • Historic Oases
  • historical geography
  • remote sensing/photogrammetry

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

    Klaus Braun, Jacqueline Passon

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book
USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)