By Michael A. Gomez
A groundbreaking historical past that places early and medieval West Africa in an international context
Pick up nearly any booklet on early and medieval international 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 background 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 ways different types of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in worldwide background extra more often than not. students have lengthy held that such differences arose through the colonial interval, yet Gomez exhibits they built a lot earlier.
Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel sector, Gomez strains the trade of principles and affects with North Africa and the valuable 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 sector, culminating within the upward push of empire. an incredible preoccupation used to be the query of who will be legally enslaved, which including different components resulted in the development of latest principles approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long prior to colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.
Telling a noticeably 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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African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa by Michael A. Gomez