By Michael A. Gomez
A groundbreaking historical past that places early and medieval West Africa in an international context
Pick up virtually any publication on early and medieval global heritage and empire, and the place do you discover West Africa? at the outer edge. This pioneering ebook, the 1st in this interval of the region’s heritage in a iteration, tells a distinct 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 in most cases. students have lengthy held that such differences arose throughout the colonial interval, yet Gomez exhibits they built a lot earlier.
Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel zone, Gomez lines the trade of rules and impacts with North Africa and the critical Islamic Lands in terms of retailers, students, and pilgrims. Islam’s progress in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying trade that incorporated slaves, ended in a sequence of political experiments particular to the zone, culminating within the upward push of empire. an immense preoccupation used to be the query of who should be legally enslaved, which including different elements resulted in the development of recent rules approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long prior to colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.
Telling a substantially new tale approximately early Africa in worldwide historical past, African Dominion is decided to be the traditional paintings at the topic for a few years to come.
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