By Michael A. Gomez

ISBN-10: 0691177422

ISBN-13: 9780691177427

A groundbreaking background that places early and medieval West Africa in a world context

Pick up virtually any e-book on early and medieval international heritage and empire, and the place do you discover West Africa? at the outer edge. This pioneering booklet, the 1st in this interval of the region’s heritage in a new release, tells a unique tale. Interweaving political and social heritage and drawing on a wealthy array of resources, together with Arabic manuscripts, oral histories, and up to date archaeological findings, Michael Gomez unveils a brand new imaginative and prescient of the way different types of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in worldwide heritage extra often. students have lengthy held that such differences arose in the course of the colonial interval, yet Gomez exhibits they constructed a lot earlier.

Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel zone, Gomez strains the alternate of rules and impacts with North Africa and the critical Islamic Lands in terms of retailers, students, and pilgrims. Islam’s development in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying trade that integrated slaves, ended in a chain of political experiments exact to the zone, culminating within the upward thrust of empire. an enormous preoccupation was once the query of who should be legally enslaved, which including different components resulted in the development of latest rules approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long prior to colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.

Telling a significantly new tale approximately early Africa in international background, African Dominion is determined to be the traditional paintings at the topic for a few years to come.

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