African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and by Michael A. Gomez

By Michael A. Gomez

A groundbreaking historical past that places early and medieval West Africa in an international context

Pick up nearly any ebook on early and medieval global heritage and empire, and the place do you discover West Africa? at the outer edge. This pioneering booklet, the 1st in this interval of the region’s background in a iteration, tells a unique 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 ways different types of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in worldwide heritage extra often. 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 alternate of rules 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, led to a chain of political experiments designated to the quarter, culminating within the upward thrust of empire. a massive preoccupation was once the query of who might be legally enslaved, which including different components resulted in the development of recent rules approximately ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long prior to colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.

Telling a notably new tale approximately early Africa in worldwide historical past, African Dominion is determined to be the normal paintings at the topic for a few years to come.

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