By Michael A. Gomez
A groundbreaking background that places early and medieval West Africa in a world context
Pick up nearly any booklet on early and medieval global background and empire, and the place do you discover West Africa? at the outer edge. This pioneering publication, the 1st in this interval of the region’s historical past in a iteration, 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 historical past extra in most cases. students have lengthy held that such differences arose in the course of the colonial interval, yet Gomez indicates they constructed a lot earlier.
Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel sector, Gomez strains the trade of principles and impacts with North Africa and the primary Islamic Lands when it comes to retailers, students, and pilgrims. Islam’s development in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying trade that integrated slaves, ended in a sequence of political experiments certain to the zone, culminating within the upward push of empire. a massive preoccupation used to be the query of who might be legally enslaved, which including different components ended in the development of recent principles approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long earlier than colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.
Telling a substantially new tale approximately early Africa in worldwide background, African Dominion is decided to be the normal 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