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Title:The Almoravid Movement in the Western Sudan: A Review of the Evidence
Author:Semonin, P.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Islamic history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41405764
Abstract:E.W. Bovill's 'The Golden Trade of the Moors' (London, 1958), or J. Spencer Trimingham's 'History of Islam in West Africa' (Oxford, 1962) depart from Delafosse's summary in 'Haut-Sénégal-Niger' (1912) with regard to the history of the Almoravid movement in the Western Sudan because of lack of material for an alternative thesis, other than presented by Al-Bakri, Ibn Abi Zar' and Ibn Khaldun. Furthermore there has been a lack of critical attention the problems presented by the source material. Now, the work of Ambrosio Huici on Ibn Idhari's 'Kitab al-Bayan al-Maghrib' (1312 A.D.) indicates the need for a larger revision. Huici reassesses the standard sources with the Almoravids. His conclusions involve several starting departures from Delafosse. With a further revaluation of Al-Bakri's, Ibn Khaldun's and Ibn Abi Zar's contributions the groundwork is laid for a full revision of the Almoravids' history. This article aims not to undertake a full revision but to discuss the historical development of the movement in the light of the new material presented by Huici. Notes; map.