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The Bamana Empire by the Niger

Kingdom, Jihad and Colonization 1712-1920

Sundiata A. K. Djata (author)

ISBN: 9781558766075

Publication Date: Jul 2016

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback   Hardback  

The powerful Bamana State emerged in 1712 and centered around the Middle Niger, where most inhabitants were Bamanas with their own language and religion. It was a sophisticated society with nobles, casted groups, and slaves. This title provides a colourful picture of this state, which for centuries was a solid commercial, military, and agricultural society formed by ideologies other than imported religions.
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The powerful Bamana State emerged in 1712 and centered around the Middle Niger, where most inhabitants were Bamanas with their own language and religion. It was a sophisticated society with nobles, casted groups, and slaves. The Bamanas built an empire based on a strong professional army. The author provides a colorful picture of this state, which for centuries was a solid commercial, military, and agricultural society formed by ideologies other than imported religions.

This book is also the story of conquests and efforts by two alien powers to assert hegemony over the Bamana of Segu: the first was an African Jihad, led by al Hajj Umar Tal (1861) in the name of religious reform, and the second was European (1890), for the cause of French imperial expansion. The objects were similar: to dominate the rich agricultural lands and commercial routes in the Middle Niger.
Pages 277
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2016
Publisher Markus Wiener Publishers
Subject/s Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900   20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000   African history  

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