The Epic of Askia Mohammed

The text is a word-for-word translation from Nouhou Malio's oral performance.

The Epic of Askia Mohammed

Author: Nouhou Malio

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253209900

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Askia Mohammed is the most famous leader in the history of the Songhay Empire, which reached its apogee during his reign in 1493-1528. Songhay, approximately halfway between the present-day cities of Timbuktu in Mali and Niamey in Niger, became a political force beginning in 1463, under the leadership of Sonni Ali Ber. By the time of his death in 1492, the foundation had been laid for the development under Askia Mohammed of a complex system of administration, a well-equipped army and navy, and a network of large government-owned farms. The present rendition of the epic was narrated by the griot (or jeseré) Nouhou Malio over two evenings in Saga, a small town on the Niger River, two miles downstream from Niamey. The text is a word-for-word translation from Nouhou Malio's oral performance.

AP World History Modern Premium

A fictional account of his reign, The Epic of Askia Mohammed, is a classic of the
West African oral tradition, performed by griot storytellers since the 1500s.
Songhai prospered until civil war and invasion by Moroccan forces destroyed it in
the ...

AP World History  Modern Premium

Author: John McCannon

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series

ISBN: 1506253393

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Barron’s AP World History: Modern Premium is fully revised to align with the College Board changes for the May 2020 exam. You’ll get in-depth content review and 5 revised practice tests to help you feel prepared for the new test. This edition includes: Two full-length practice tests in the book with revised free-response questions. Three fully revised online practice tests, with updated multiple-choice questions to reflect time period changes Comprehensive content review corresponding with the 4 time periods covered on the exam. Anything pre-1200 CE will fall under AP World History: Ancient and will not be on the May 2020 exam. Expert strategies for answering all question types Unit shortcut charts and key concepts at the beginning of each chapter to help organize a better study plan

African Dominion

... 1984); Soumalia, Hamidou, and Les sociétés Songhay-Zarma (Niger-Mali):
Laya, Traditions des Songhay de Tera, 27–30/175–78; Malio and Hale, The Epic
of Askia Muḥammad. 19. Malio and Hale, The Epic of Askia Muḥammad, 17–23.

African Dominion

Author: Michael A. Gomez

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691177422

Page: 520

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A groundbreaking history that puts early and medieval West Africa in a global context Pick up almost any book on early and medieval world history and empire, and where do you find West Africa? On the periphery. This pioneering book, the first on this period of the region’s history in a generation, tells a different story. Interweaving political and social history and drawing on a rich array of sources, including Arabic manuscripts, oral histories, and recent archaeological findings, Michael Gomez unveils a new vision of how categories of ethnicity, race, gender, and caste emerged in Africa and in global history more generally. Scholars have long held that such distinctions arose during the colonial period, but Gomez shows they developed much earlier. Focusing on the Savannah and Sahel region, Gomez traces the exchange of ideas and influences with North Africa and the Central Islamic Lands by way of merchants, scholars, and pilgrims. Islam’s growth in West Africa, in tandem with intensifying commerce that included slaves, resulted in a series of political experiments unique to the region, culminating in the rise of empire. A major preoccupation was the question of who could be legally enslaved, which together with other factors led to the construction of new ideas about ethnicity, race, gender, and caste—long before colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade. Telling a radically new story about early Africa in global history, African Dominion is set to be the standard work on the subject for many years to come.

Masculinity Under Construction

12 From the Epic of Sundiata to the Epic of Askia Mohammed, griots weave
stories of heroic deeds performed by men through acts of bravery during battle or
other feats of superhuman strength. Other characteristics include an impeccable
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Masculinity Under Construction

Author: LaToya Jefferson-James

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1793615306

Page: 232

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Masculinity Under Construction: Literary Re-Presentations of Black Masculinity in the African Diaspora analyzes Black male identity as constructed by Black male authors. In each chapter, Dr. Jefferson-James discusses a different "construction" or definition of masculine identity produced by men of African descent on the continent of Africa, in the Caribbean, and in North America. Combing through the works of James Baldwin, Chinua Achebe, Ralph Ellison, George Lamming, and other pan-African authors, Masculinity Under Construction argues for the importance of analyzing the historical context that contributed to the formation of Black male identity. Additionally, Dr. Jefferson-James draws a relationship between Black feminists and writers, such as Anna Julia Cooper and her contemporaries, and these works of literature viewed as primarily about Black masculinity.

The Literary Griot

The Epic of Askia Mohammed . Bloomington and Indianapolis : Indiana
University Press , 1996 . 88 pages . Paper . John K . Marah SUNY College at
Brockport Griots , or " walking historians " in present day Mali , Guinea , Senegal ,
Sierra ...

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Oral Epics from Africa

In the Epic of Askia Mohammed , we find descriptions of the aid provided by the
Zarma . In The Epic of Mali Bero , there are also descriptions of that mutual
assistance . Both The Epic of Mali Bero and The Epic of Issa Korombé , narratives
that ...

Oral Epics from Africa

Author: John Johnson, Sir

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253211101

Page: 331

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It seems incredible that heretofore there has not been an introductory anthology of African epics presented in English. Western literary culture has long emphasized the heritage of such well-known epics as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and Aeneid. But it is only recently that scholars have turned their attention toward capturing the rich oral tradition that is still alive in Africa. The twenty-five excerpts in this volume have been selected and introduced so as to offer English-speaking readers a broad sample of the extensive epic traditions in Africa. The general introduction and the background on each epic will enable readers to understand the context of each epic and will also provide leads for further inquiry.

Africana Journal

Today , if one asks a Songhay griot who is the father of all griots , he will reply "
Geseré Donka , ” the griot of Askia Mohammed . " In spite of the distance between
the scribes and their local counterparts , the griots eventually came to accept ...

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The Medieval and Early Modern World

[I] Oral Epics from Africa: Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent, edited by John
William Johnson, Thomas A. Hale, and Stephen Belcher (Indiana University
Press, 1997), includes a short chapter, “The Epic of Askia Mohammed,” as well
as ...

The Medieval and Early Modern World

Author: Bonnie G. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Consists of primary source material and an index to the other six titles in the series.

Research in African Literatures

NEW FROM INDIANA The Epic of Askia Mohammed Thomas A . Hale Noubou
Malio Edited and translated by Thomas A . Hale Askia Mohammed is the most
famous leader in the history of the Songhay Empire , which reached its apogee ...

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Essential World History

he Epic of Askia Mohammed is an oral history passed down through generations
of West Africans. It relates the heroic deeds of the famous monarch who led the
kingdom of Songhai to the zenith of its power in the early sixteenth century.

Essential World History

Author: William J. Duiker

Publisher: Thomson

ISBN: 9780534578916

Page: 844

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Acta Ethnographica Hungarica

An outstanding event of the past 20 – 30 years of the discovery of African heroic
epic was the publication of the Askia Mohammed epic . This type of text appeared
first in connection with the activities of the Tilho - Mission from 1906 – 1909 ...

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Literature and Belief

Islamic and Songhay Belief Systems in the Timbuktu Chronicles and the Epic of
Askia Mohammed , ” Thomas Hale shows how Islamic beliefs in the Sahelian
region of West Africa are often undermined by older and indigenous religious ...

Literature and Belief

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Africa Today

Sean Kilpatrick , in " Animism , Syncretism , and Hardness : The Epic of Askia
Mohammed , " analyzes the historical connections between animism and Islamic
" hermeneutic strategies " that combine to incarnate the Sahelian spirit and ...

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African Studies Symposium

In the versions of the epic of Askia Mohammed which we recorded in 1980 - 81 in
western Niger , there are numerous references to his Islamic activities . The griot
notes , for example , that Askia Mohammed killed his uncle on a Friday afteroon ...

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Language in Action

Olivier de Sardan ( 1982 , 1984 ) traces the origin of possession to the late 15th
century , a time when Islam was institutionalized during the reign of Askia
Mohammed Touré . Furthermore , each spirit family in the Songhay pantheon —
there ...

Language in Action

Author: Roger W. Shuy

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

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Page: 588

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How is language used by people to shape who they are and to build connections among them? How do such linguistic dynamics affect relationships, work, and even personal safety? This book seeks to answer questions such as these.