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Title:Gao and the Almoravids: a hypothesis
Author:Hunwick, J.O.ISNI
Book title:West African culture dynamics: archaeological and historical perspectives
Geographic term:West Africa
Ghana polity
Almoravid polity
Abstract:An attempt to throw some light on the obscure period of the intervention of nomadic Almoravid warriors of the Western Sahara in the highly developed centralized state of ancient Ghana in the Sahel lands to the south. Taking the 12th-century royal tombstones found near Gao on the middle Niger as his point of departure, the author builds on the suggestions already made by other scholars that the Andalusian style of their inscriptions point to links between Gao and the Almoravids of Spain. The hypothesis presented seeks to show that such links did exist, the way in which they came to be established, and the possible role of the southern Almoravids in forging them. Map, notes.