Islam in Africa

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Islam in Africa

Islam in Africa

Arabs refers to Africa as Ifriqiya which is the name given to the Eastern part of barbary while the Western part was called Maghrib,  a name which is used up to date. Ifriqiya   meant  the Queen of Heaven. The continent was named  Africa by Romans after they destroyed Carthage.

Islam in Africa

After this destruction the Romans sought to united the whole continent and  therefore they included the  Barbary in it  to name the whole continent as Africa.  It is also suggested that the   name Ifriqiya was named after Ifrigos bin Abraha bin Al-Raish  who was the first to build the town of Ifriqiya right inside the Berber country.

Islam in Africa

A famous Arab historian Ibn Khaldun   asserts that the name Ifriqiya  was  given after  Ifriqos bin Qais bin Saifi who was one of the Yemen Kings. Another hisotorian Ibn al-Shabbat asserts that the name come from the Arabic word Barik which means clear simple given to the countinent since it had not clouds in the sky.