A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene

By Graham Greene

Querry, a world-famous architect, is the sufferer of an assault of indifference, now not discovering which means in artwork or excitement in lifestyles. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he loses himself in paintings for the lepers. As he is helping the lepers, so he techniques a self-cure.

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In central Sudan, K a n e m and Bornu maintained still closer relations with Egypt and Libya. Arab sources, local written records and oral traditions combine once more to throw light on the fourteenth century in the Sudan. This is an appropriate place to mention certain Arab writers historians, geographers, travellers and court secretaries - w h o have left us an excellent body of documentation on Africa, particularly concerning the fourteenth century. 7 Africa from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century T h e greatest historian of the Middle Ages, Ibn Khaldfln (1332-1406), came from the Maghrib.

Black embassies were set u p in the cities of the Maghrib. Cultural and economic relations with the Muslim world were particularly strengthened in the fourteenth century, in the reigns of the flamboyant Mansa M ü s ä I and M a n s a Sulaymän. In central Sudan, K a n e m and Bornu maintained still closer relations with Egypt and Libya. Arab sources, local written records and oral traditions combine once more to throw light on the fourteenth century in the Sudan. This is an appropriate place to mention certain Arab writers historians, geographers, travellers and court secretaries - w h o have left us an excellent body of documentation on Africa, particularly concerning the fourteenth century.

Southern Italy was touched by this Muslim influence, for it was at the court of the Christian king, Roger of Sicily, that al-Idrîsï produced his famous Geography in 1154, bringing together all the knowledge then available on the countries of the world. Al-Idrisfs book was a great step forward; thanks to his work, Italy discovered Africa and their businessmen thenceforward took an interest in this eldorado. But Europe's hour had not yet come. O n the political level, after the Almoravid episode, which brought gold from the Sudan to Spain, the Muslims rapidly lost their m o m e n t u m and their empire declined from the beginning of the twelfth century.

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