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Title:Materials for a History of Western Liberia: Samori and the Malinke
Author:Massing, Andreas W.
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal
Geographic term:Liberia
History and Exploration
Abstract:The origin and development of the advancing frontier of the Malinke in the forest fringe inhabited by the Toma are traced, demonstrating that the penetration of Malinke into the Toma sector antedates the time of Samori even though his conquests and their aftermath led to an increased flow of Malinke peoples toward the south. Beside the Toma-Malinke dualism, another dualism is also much older than the Samorian empire, namely that between animists and faithful Muslim. This even opposed different parts of the Malinke, who are generally believed in Liberia to be believers of the Islamic faith, and accounted for some of the alliances found between Toma and Malinke. The theme of Malinke and Toma opposition has to be seen in the much wider context of relations between the interior Malinke states and the coast of West Africa and the struggle for the forest trade routes. App., maps, notes, sum.