By Michael A. Gomez
A groundbreaking heritage that places early and medieval West Africa in an international context
Pick up virtually any booklet on early and medieval international background 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 new release, tells a unique tale. Interweaving political and social background 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 background extra commonly. students have lengthy held that such differences arose in the course of the colonial interval, yet Gomez exhibits they built a lot earlier.
Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel quarter, 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 progress in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying trade that integrated slaves, ended in a chain of political experiments distinctive to the zone, culminating within the upward thrust of empire. an enormous preoccupation used to be the query of who should be legally enslaved, which including different components resulted in the development of recent rules approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long ahead of colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.
Telling a greatly new tale approximately early Africa in international heritage, African Dominion is decided to be the traditional paintings at the topic for a few years to come.
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African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa by Michael A. Gomez