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Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith: Ahmad Lobbo, the Tarikh al-fattash and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
Levis Faculty Center | Music Room (208)
Date
Mar 26, 2020   12:00 pm  
Contact
Center for Advanced Study
E-Mail
cas@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6729
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Contrary to what is commonly believed, the Tārīkh al-fattāsh, one of the most famous sources for pre-colonial African history, is a nineteenth-century chronicle. Based primarily on unexplored Arabic manuscripts, this talk analyzes the chronicle in the landscape of nineteenth-century Islamic West Africa as a political project in legitimization of the Caliphate of Ḥamdallāhi (1818-1862).

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Speaker: Mauro Nobili | Dept. of History, CAS Beckman Fellow 2018-19

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