Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith: Ahmad Lobbo, the Tarikh al-fattash and the Making of an Islamic State in West Africa

Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Mauro Nobili

Center for Advanced Study
Levis Faculty Center--Music Room (208)
919 W. Illinois, Urbana

Event Description

Contrary to what is commonly believed, the Tārīkh al-fattāsh, one of the most famous sources for pre-colonial African history, is a nineteenth-century chronicle. Based primarily on unexplored Arabic manuscripts, this talk analyzes the chronicle in the landscape of nineteenth-century Islamic West Africa as a political project in legitimization of the Caliphate of Ḥamdallāhi (1818-1862).

Mauro Nobili

Department of History, Beckman Fellow 2018-19