Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bunduby Michael A. Gomez, Gomez Michael a.
Pub. Date: 02/28/2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Drawing upon a wide range of sources, both oral and documentary, Arabic, English and French, this is the first full account of Bundu, a precolonial West African state, from 1698 to 1905. It was founded during the jihads which swept the savannah in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the pragmatic policy of its ruler Malik Sy which tolerated diverse religious and social practices was unique in the midst of fundamentalist, theocratic Muslim states. Bundu played a critical role in regional commerce and production and reacted quickly to the stimulus of European trade.
Table of ContentsList of maps; Abbreviations; Notes on spelling; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Malik Sy and the origins of a pragmatic polity; 3. Consolidation and expansion in the eighteenth century; 4. External reforms and internal consequences: Futa Toro and Bundu; 5. The reassertion of Sissibe integrity; 6. Structure of the Bundunke Almaamate; 7. Struggle for the Upper Senegal Valley; 8. Al-Hajj Umar in Bundu; 9. The age of Bokar Saada; 10. Mamadu Lamine and the demise of Bundu; 11. Conclusion; Footnotes; Sources consulted; Appendices.
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