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By Michael A. Gomez

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

Pick up virtually any e-book 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 historical past in a iteration, tells a distinct tale. Interweaving political and social historical past 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 typically. students have lengthy held that such differences arose throughout the colonial interval, yet Gomez exhibits they built a lot earlier.

Focusing at the Savannah and Sahel area, Gomez lines the trade 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 particular to the zone, culminating within the upward push of empire. an incredible preoccupation was once the query of who might be legally enslaved, which including different elements resulted in the development of latest principles approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long ahead of colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.

Telling a significantly new tale approximately early Africa in international heritage, African Dominion is determined to be the normal paintings at the topic for a few years to come.

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