By Michael A. Gomez
A groundbreaking historical past that places early and medieval West Africa in a world context
Pick up nearly any publication on early and medieval global heritage and empire, and the place do you discover West Africa? at the outer edge. This pioneering e-book, the 1st in this interval of the region’s heritage in a new release, tells a special tale. Interweaving political and social historical past and drawing on a wealthy array of assets, 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 historical past extra quite often. students have lengthy held that such differences arose in the course of the colonial interval, yet Gomez exhibits they constructed a lot earlier.
Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel quarter, Gomez strains the trade of principles and impacts with North Africa and the critical Islamic Lands when it comes to retailers, students, and pilgrims. Islam’s development in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying trade that integrated slaves, led to a sequence of political experiments certain to the zone, culminating within the upward push of empire. an important preoccupation used to be the query of who may be legally enslaved, which including different components resulted in the development of latest rules approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long sooner than colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.
Telling a significantly new tale approximately early Africa in worldwide heritage, 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