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3.6: Key Terms

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    caliph
    an Islamic title designating a spiritual and secular leader
    dhow
    a ship made of coconut-wood planks sewn together with coconut fiber and equipped with lateen sails
    lateen sail
    a triangular-shaped sail that allows a boat to sail both with and into the wind
    Slave Coast
    a section of African coast along the Bight of Benin, centered on the port city of Whydah and a major source of African people sold into slavery
    Sudanic
    a term describing the region of West Africa south of the Sahara Desert
    Swahili
    a language that combines the grammar of African Bantu languages with a Bantu and Arabic vocabulary and is spoken in East Africa

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