ContentsNotes on Contributors  XIntroduction. Thick Contextualisation: Interpreting West African Landscapes, Sources, and Projects   1Benedetta Rossi and Toby GreenArchaeology and Material LandscapesAll that Glitters is not Gold: Facing the Myths of Ancient Trade between North and Sub-Saharan Africa  25Sonja Magnavita and Carlos MagnavitaAfrican Archaeology and the ‘Chalk Line Effect’: A Consideration of Māli City and Siğilmāsa  46François-Xavier FauvelleThe ‘Pays Dô’ and the Origins of the Empire of Mali  63Kevin C. MacDonald, Nikolas Gestrich, Seydou Camara, Daouda KeitaImagined Landscapes and Moral TopographiesImitation and Creativity in the Establishment of Islam in Oyo  91Insa NolteFante ‘Origins’: The Problematic Evidence of ‘Tradition’  116Robin LawThe Unknowns of the Modern Era in the Greater Western Sahara: Reassessing the Territorial Location of the Wlād Dlaym (15th–17th Centuries)  135Benjamin AcloqueThe Almoravids and Ašʿarism: Regarding the Work of al-Murādī al-Ḥaḍramī  156Abdel Wedoud Ould-CheikhContextualising Writing and Written SourcesInscribing the Now and the Hereafter: First Writings in Early African History  181Ghislaine LydonNew Reinventions of the Sahel: Reflections on the Taʾrīḫ Genre in the Timbuktu Historiographical Production, Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries  201Mauro NobiliCalibrating the Scholarship of Timbuktu  220Charles C. StewartRethinking the Place of Timbuktu in the Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa  239Bruce S. HallTwo Examples of Sahelian Book Collectors Over Two Centuries  259Shamil JeppieContextualising Orature and TraditionalistsThe Time-Tested Traditionist: Intellectual Trajectory and Mediation from the Early Empires to the Present day  277Mamadou DiawaraThe Next Generation: Young Griots’ Quest for Authority  296Jan JansenIn Praise of History; History as Praise  312Karin BarberFrom Essentialism to Pluralisms: New Directions in Precolonial West African History from the Oral History Archive at Fajara, The Gambia  332Toby GreenDreamworlds: Cultural Narrative in Asante Visionary Experience  353Thomas C. McCaskieProjects, Texts, and RepresentationsThe Life of a Text: Carsten Niebuhr and ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Aġa’s Das innere von Afrika  379Camille LefebvreThe Kano Chronicle Revisited  400Paul E. LovejoySlavery or Death in Sokoto and Borno: Tactics, Legalities and Sources  422Murray LastA Story of Exile, a Story in Exile: Louis Hunkanrin, Mauritania and ‘Un Forfait Colonial’ (Revisited)  443E. Ann McDougallEdmond Fortier (1862–1928): Photographer, Documentarian and Creator of Stereotypes in West Africa  464Daniela MoreauPaulo Fernando de Moraes Farias’ Publications  492Paulo Fernando de Moraes FariasInterview: Landscapes, Sources, and Intellectual Projects  498Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias and Benedetta RossiIndex  517

Landscapes, Sources and Intellectual Projects of the West African Past

Essays in Honour of Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias



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