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Caravans of the Old Sahara

An Introduction to the History of the Western Sudan, 1st Edition

By E. W. Bovill


318 pages

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Since publication in 1957 the importance of Bohannan's study of judicial institutions and procedures among the Tiv has been widely recognized. It has contributed widely to the continuing discussion concerning the objectives and methods to be followed in the anthropological study of law and the contribution this makes to comparative jurisprudence. the work describes and defines Tiv ideas of 'law' as expressed in the operations of their courts known as Jir. The analysis is based on and illustrated by numerous cases which the author attended and discussed with leaders in the Jir.

Table of Contents

1. The Sahara

2. Africa Antiqua

3. Races of Man

4. Medieval Arabic Writers

5. The Almoravids

6. Ghana

7. Mali

8. The Rise of the Songhai Empire

9. The Askias

10. Leo Africanus

11. The Crescent and the Cross

12. The Quest for Gold

13. The Sea of Darkness

14. The Moorish Invasion

15. The Fall of the Songhai Empire

16. El Dzehebi

17. The Later Pashas

18. The Veil

19. The Niger Quest

20. The Sokoto Fulani

21. The Lifting of the Veil

22. The Great Caravans

23. Shepherd Kings

About the Author

E. W. Bovill

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies