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African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa

Michael A. Gomez


Pick up almost any book on early and medieval world history and empire, and where do you find West Africa? On the periphery. This pioneering book tells a different story. Interweaving political and social history and drawing on a rich array of sources, the book unveils a new vision of how categories of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in global history. Focusing on the Savannah and Sahel region, the book traces how Islam's growth in West Africa, along with intensifying commerce that included slaves, resulted in a series of political experiments unique to the region, cul ... More

Keywords: West Africa, ethnicity, race, gender, caste, Islam, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196824
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Gomez, author
New York University