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Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali. Epigraphy, Chronicles and Songhay-Tuāreg History. By Paulo F. de Moraes Farias (ed.). Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series, No. 4. Oxford University Press/The British Academy, Oxford/New York, 2003, X-CCXLVI + 280 pp., 5 plans and 247 plates. ISBN 0-19-726222-8. Price UK£ 99.00, US$ 185.00.

Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali. Epigraphy, Chronicles and Songhay-Tuāreg... BOOK REVIEW Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali. Epigraphy, Chronicles and Songhay-Tua\reg History. By Paulo F. de Moraes Farias (ed.). Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series, No. 4. Oxford University Press/ The British Academy, Oxford/New York, 2003, X-CCXLVI + 280 pp., 5 plans and 247 plates. ISBN 0-19-726222-8. Price UK£ 99.00, US$ 185.00. In the historiography of Africa it is rare that a new category of sources is discovered or, as in this case, rediscovered. The conventional history of the Sahel has largely been written by either ignoring or underestimating the rich epigraphic evidence found in the region, at best it has been treated as ancillary to the famous Timbuktu chronicles. This has to do with the boundaries between academic disciplines, but also, as Paulo de Moraes Farias argues convincingly, with the weight of these Arabic chronicles synthetic narrative sources written in the mid-seventeenth century but much trusted for their detailed picture of earlier periods. Yet their transmitted lists of kings and conventional division into three subsequent dynasties are difficult to reconcile with the epigraphic evidence. The epigraphic corpus treated in the book consists of a total of 400 inscribed royal tombstones (several are made from marble http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali. Epigraphy, Chronicles and Songhay-Tuāreg History. By Paulo F. de Moraes Farias (ed.). Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series, No. 4. Oxford University Press/The British Academy, Oxford/New York, 2003, X-CCXLVI + 280 pp., 5 plans and 247 plates. ISBN 0-19-726222-8. Price UK£ 99.00, US$ 185.00.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 2 (2): 285 – Oct 25, 2004

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© Copyright 2004 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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BOOK REVIEW Arabic Medieval Inscriptions from the Republic of Mali. Epigraphy, Chronicles and Songhay-Tua\reg History. By Paulo F. de Moraes Farias (ed.). Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series, No. 4. Oxford University Press/ The British Academy, Oxford/New York, 2003, X-CCXLVI + 280 pp., 5 plans and 247 plates. ISBN 0-19-726222-8. Price UK£ 99.00, US$ 185.00. In the historiography of Africa it is rare that a new category of sources is discovered or, as in this case, rediscovered. The conventional history of the Sahel has largely been written by either ignoring or underestimating the rich epigraphic evidence found in the region, at best it has been treated as ancillary to the famous Timbuktu chronicles. This has to do with the boundaries between academic disciplines, but also, as Paulo de Moraes Farias argues convincingly, with the weight of these Arabic chronicles synthetic narrative sources written in the mid-seventeenth century but much trusted for their detailed picture of earlier periods. Yet their transmitted lists of kings and conventional division into three subsequent dynasties are difficult to reconcile with the epigraphic evidence. The epigraphic corpus treated in the book consists of a total of 400 inscribed royal tombstones (several are made from marble

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Published: Oct 25, 2004

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