Empires of Medieval West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay
Drawing on a rich oral tradition, numerous trips to the region, and the latest scholarship available on this important but little-studied era, scholar and author David Conrad explores the people, places, and ideas that made up this trio of empires. Connections to life today include the continuing impact of Islam and tribal groups in Africa, and the influence of the medieval traditions on modern music and cuisine.
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12th century al-Bakri Almoravids ancestors ancient Arab geographers Askiya Dawud Askiya Ishaq Askiya Muhammad Awdaghust Bamana baobab became Berber Bida blacksmiths Bonkana brother calabash camels caravan chief clans conquered cowries culture described Diabe Cissé diviners drum Dugha elephants Ghana Empire gold groups Guinea hunters Ibn Battuta Inland Delta Islam ivory jeli jeliw Jenne Juddala killed king king’s kola nuts Kumbi Saleh land Levtzion and Hopkins lived Maghan Mali Empire Mali’s Malian Mande Mansa Musa Mansa Sulayman Mari Jata Mari Jata II medieval empires mithqal Moroccan Morocco mosque Muhammad Bani Musa’s Muslim Niger Bend Niger River North Africa oral tradition palace people’s python quoted in Levtzion region religion religious royal rulers Sahara Desert Sahel salt Sanhaja Sii Ali Beeri Sii Ali’s slaves Songhay Empire Soninke Sorko Soso Sudan sultan Sunjata Taghaza territories Timbuktu Touré town trans-Saharan trade Traoré Tuareg Wagadu West Africa Western Sudan