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On Trans-Saharan Trails Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa

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ISBN-10: 1107611784

ISBN-13: 9781107611788

Edition: 2012

Authors: Ghislaine Lydon

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This study is the first of its kind to examine the history and organization of trans-Saharan trade in western Africa using original source material. It documents the internal dynamics of a trade network system based on a case study of 'Berber' traders from the Wād Nūn region, who specialized in outfitting camel caravans in the nineteenth century. Through an examination of contracts, correspondence, fatwas and interviews with retired caravaners, Professor Lydon shows how traders used their literacy skills in Arabic and how they had recourse to experts of Islamic law to regulate their long-distance transactions. The book also examines the strategies devised by women to participate in caravan…    
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 498
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Dr Ghislaine Lydon is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. The author of several articles on West Africa, she has done extensive fieldwork in both West and North Africa and archival work in France.

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