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Title:The Pen, the Sword, and the Crown: Islam and Revolution in Songhay Reconsidered, 1464-1493
Author:Kaba, Lansine
Year:1984
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:25
Issue:3
Pages:241-256
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Islam
coups d'état
history
Songhai polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181691
Abstract:This discussion examines how, in 15th century Songhay, some clerics used Islam, a universalistic religion with a tradition of literacy, to challenge the established system with the assistance of the army. This alliance between scholars and soldiers gradually eroded the foundations sustaining the Crown of the Sonni dynasty and led to its downfall in 1493. It is the first example of an Islamic coup d'état in West Africa. Notes, sum.
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