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By Michael A. Gomez

Bundu is an anomaly one of the precolonial Muslim states of West Africa. based in the course of the jihads which swept the savannah within the eighteenth and 19th centuries, it built a realistic coverage, distinct in the middle of fundamentalist, theocratic Muslim states. positioned within the top Senegal and with entry to the higher Gambia, Bundu performed a severe function in neighborhood trade and creation and reacted quick to the stimulus of eu alternate. Drawing on a variety of assets either oral and documentary, Arabic, English and French, Dr. Gomez presents the 1st complete account of Bundu's historical past. He analyzes the basis and development of an Islamic nation at a crossroads among the Saharan and trans-Atlantic exchange, paying specific realization to the connection among Islamic idea and court docket coverage, and to the state's reaction to militant Islam within the early 19th century.

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