Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
African Studies: Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu Series Number 75 (Hardback)
  • African Studies: Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu Series Number 75 (Hardback)
zoom

African Studies: Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu Series Number 75 (Hardback)

(author)
£93.00
Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 14/01/1993
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Bundu was an anomaly among the precolonial Muslim states of West Africa. Founded during the jihads which swept the savannah in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it developed a pragmatic policy, unique in the midst of fundamentalist, theocratic Muslim states. Located in the Upper Senegal and with access to the Upper Gambia, Bundu played a critical role in regional commerce and production and reacted quickly to the stimulus of European trade. Drawing upon a wide range of sources both oral and documentary, Arabic, English and French, Dr Gomez provides the first full account of Bundu's history. He analyses the foundation and growth of an Islamic state at a crossroads between the Saharan and trans-Atlantic trade, paying particular attention to the relationship between Islamic thought and court policy, and to the state's response to militant Islam in the early nineteenth century.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521419406
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Gomez has used a wide variety of documentary and oral sources. He is a careful scholar who treats his oral sources with a healthy skepticism, analyzing each in terms of its ideological function. ... This book is competent... It will remain for many years the basic source for Bundu." Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...Gomez's accomplishment is impressive. He has written the first modern political history of Bundu and has revised our understanding of the origins and religio-political character of the Bundunke state. His book provides specialists with a valuable chronology of events from the foundation of the state until is dissolution in 1905. He thereby makes an important contribution both to the history of precolonial Senegambia and to the study of Islam in West Africa." American Historical Review
"The author has made extensive use of oral sources and written works in Arabic, local West African languages, French, and English. The text is readable, the scholarship sound, the index useful, the bibliography extensive, the maps adequate, and the 11 appendixes informative. Gomez's book will long remain the indispensable work on this subject." Choice
"Michael Gomez has written what will probably be the reference history of Bundu for years to come....It is an important work for any scholar of Islamic West Africa and can be recommended as a supplementary case study text for advanced level courses on Islam in Africa." John Edward Philips, African Studies Review

You may also be interested in...

The Egyptian Myths
Added to basket
Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters
Added to basket
Another Day of Life
Added to basket
The Scramble For Africa
Added to basket
King Leopold's Ghost
Added to basket
Operation Mayhem
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Short History of New Kingdom Egypt
Added to basket
The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark
Added to basket
A History of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
The Boer War
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
Ramesses
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Emperor
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.