Religion, Commerce and the Integration of the Mandingo in Liberia / Edition 1

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Overview

This book contributes significantly to the body of knowledge that deals with the Mande-speaking people of West Africa. It deals with the impact of religion and commerce on the integration of the Mandingo ethnic group into the political and social economies of Liberia. The author explains both the course and costs of socio-political integration of the Mandingos in the context of nation-building and their co-habitation with non-Muslim hosts. The religion of Islam in relation to the commercial activities of the Mande-speaking people is discussed in detail. While a great deal of research has been done on the Mandingo in other areas of Africa, no comparable body of research exists on the Mandingo of Liberia.

Author Biography: Augustine Konneh is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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This book adds significantly to the history of Liberia in the chronicle of its most important commercial diaspora.
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"This book adds significantly to the history of Liberia in the chronicle of its most important commercial diaspora."
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This book adds significantly to the history of Liberia in the chronicle of its most important commercial diaspora.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761803553
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Augustine Konneh is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 A Historical Background of Liberia 1
Ch. 2 The Diffusion of Islam from the Eighteenth Century to the Mid-Twentieth Century 28
Ch. 3 Mandingo Traders among the Vai of Northwestern Liberia 49
Ch. 4 Mandingo Traders among the Kpelle of Central Liberia 75
Ch. 5 Mandingo Traders among the Gio and Mano of Northeastern Liberia 97
Ch. 6 Mandingo Integration into the Political Economy 119
Ch. 7 Analyses and Conclusions 137
Appendix A 145
Appendix B 149
Select Bibliography 151
Index 165
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