Download e-book for iPad: A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (African by Bruce S. Hall

By Bruce S. Hall

The mobilization of neighborhood rules approximately racial distinction has been very important in producing, and intensifying, civil wars that experience happened because the finish of colonial rule in the entire nations that straddle the southern fringe of the Sahara wilderness. From Sudan to Mauritania, the racial different types deployed in modern conflicts frequently hearken again to an older historical past within which blackness may be equated with slavery and non-blackness with predatory and uncivilized banditry. This e-book lines the advance of arguments approximately race over a interval of greater than 350 years in a single vital position alongside the southern fringe of the Sahara wilderness: the Niger Bend in northern Mali. utilizing Arabic records held in Timbuktu, in addition to neighborhood colonial resources in French and oral interviews, Bruce S. corridor reconstructs an African highbrow historical past of race that lengthy predated colonial conquest, and which has persevered to orient inter-African family ever in view that.

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13 Two of the clearest examples are Michael Banton, Racial Theories (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987) and Ivan Hannaford, Race: The History of an Idea in the West (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). 14 David Theo Goldberg, Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993), 41. 15 Focusing on the historicity of race means insisting that there are historically specific “racisms” rather than some singular ahistorical form, and that ideas and practices around race articulate with other social phenomena in different historical contexts.

19 Nirenberg, “Race and the Middle Ages,” 74. 20 Peter Robb, “Introduction: South Asia and the Concept of Race,” in The Concept of Race in South Asia, ed. 23 There is perhaps a danger in subsuming too many things under the single label of race. Would it not be better to rely on context-specific terminology? 24 Closer to the concerns of this book, a number of anthropologists of Mauritania prefer to use the Arabic term “bidan,” which literally means “whites,” to refer to arabophone Mauritanians, rather than invoke the terminology of color and racial difference embedded in the terminology.

I was exposed to a set of moral arguments and idioms about land, resources, social hierarchy, and racial difference that have been very influential on the way I have read my written sources. Although there are different levels of sophistication in the ideas of the people I spoke with in my time in the Niger Bend, it became clear to me that a dichotomy between literate Muslim scholarly voices and those of the illiterate had been misconceived. I learned that many of the ideas and arguments that I encountered in written form had an oral life in the stories and debates of a wider range of people.

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