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By Michael A. Gomez

Bundu is an anomaly one of the precolonial Muslim states of West Africa. based in the course of the jihads which swept the savannah within the eighteenth and 19th centuries, it built a practical coverage, distinctive in the middle of fundamentalist, theocratic Muslim states. situated within the top Senegal and with entry to the higher Gambia, Bundu performed a severe function in nearby trade and creation and reacted speedy to the stimulus of eu alternate. Drawing on a variety of assets either oral and documentary, Arabic, English and French, Dr. Gomez offers the 1st complete account of Bundu's historical past. He analyzes the basis and development of an Islamic kingdom at a crossroads among the Saharan and trans-Atlantic exchange, paying specific cognizance to the connection among Islamic concept and courtroom coverage, and to the state's reaction to militant Islam within the early 19th century.

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Plan of utilization. In light of the foregoing discussion of reliability, it is clear that a careful assessment of the sources for this study is critical. For the period before the mid-nineteenth century, the principal sources are Rangon, Kamara, Roux, Diakite, Lamartiny, and Curtin. After this period, data from the trading posts, in addition to Frey and Gallieni, serve to supplement the accounts of Kamara and Rangon. My own interviews are used to both corroborate existing accounts and to fill the voids they create.

But since rainfall in Bundu is greater, jeeri is more valuable, and much more economically vital. 21 On higher land groundnuts, sorghum and millet were cultivated. Western hemispheric crops such as maize, groundnuts, and tobacco were introduced into the area sometime before the 1720s, although millet remained the principal export crop until the midnineteenth century. 29 The people and society Bundu's own traditions state that the Sissibe were not the original inhabitants of the land. Rather, they emigrated from Futa Toro to what would become Bundu, where they encountered existing communities of other ethnicities.

At least six of the Malik Sy collections were recorded outside of Bundu: Diakite (1929), Roux (1893), Adam (1904), Ly (1938), a number of the Curtin interviews (1966), and Sow (1968). In turn, Rangon (1894) depends in part upon the data acquired by Roux, so that at least some of his material does not emanate from within Bundu. The consideration of spatial context also partially addresses the initial issue of court-oriented materials: these six collections can be used to adjust for the elitist perspective of the remaining twenty.

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