After watching the video (link below), discuss your impressions of this region from the perspective of those who rely on this railway for its linkages from the interior, to the coast, and back again. What are some of the various reasons this railway is so important to Mauritanians, and to others outside of North Africa?
In this chapter the student continues to learn about the significance of world cultural hearth areas, with much of the reading revolving around the concept of culture and cultural development. Emphasis on historical/cultural development continues with discussion of the rise of Islam and the Arab Empire. Numerous boundaries, barriers, and other contemporary issues that separate the people of this realm are examined in detail, with several of the most significant states and their particular issues receiving special attention.