Timbuktu is famous as a center of learning from islams golden age yet it was one among many scholarly centers to exist in precolonial west africa ousmane kane charts the rise of muslim learning in west africa from the beginning of islam to the present day and corrects lingering misconceptions about africas muslim heritage and its influence. Beyond timbuktu an intellectual history of muslim west africa ousmane oumar kane on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers renowned for its madrassas and archives of rare arabic manuscripts timbuktu is famous as a great center of muslim learning from islams golden age yet timbuktu is not unique it was one among many scholarly centers to exist in precolonial west africa. Broad survey of intellectual life in the region of west africa with the locus of the arabic language and islamic learning the epigraph is of course hegel rambling about how sub saharan africa was entirely cut off from the rest of human history and under a dark mantle. Ousmane kanes beyond timbuktu an intellectual history of muslim west africa is a pioneering overview of the history of knowledge production in islamicate west africa the methodology kane employs in the book can be summarized as being textually supported by various islamic and western secondary and primary sources supplemented by rich . The book aims to explore west african cosmopolitanism p 5 and to tell the story of the pre colonial intellectual history of islamic west africa ie the role of the production and transmission of knowledge in shaping state and society in west africa p 18
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