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Michael A. Gomez's African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and PDF

By Michael A. Gomez

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

Pick up nearly any publication on early and medieval international historical past 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 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 ways different types of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in international background extra quite often. students have lengthy held that such differences arose in the course of the colonial interval, yet Gomez indicates they built a lot earlier.

Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel sector, Gomez lines the alternate of rules and impacts with North Africa and the crucial 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 detailed to the area, culminating within the upward thrust of empire. a tremendous preoccupation used to be the query of who can be legally enslaved, which including different components ended in the development of recent rules approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long sooner than 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 normal paintings at the topic for a few years to come.

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