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The Peoples of the Middle Niger: And Other Essays on Old English Roderick J. McIntosh

The Peoples of the Middle Niger: And Other Essays on Old English

Roderick J. McIntosh

Published October 15th 1998
ISBN : 9780631173618
Hardcover
376 pages
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This book provides the first comprehensive history of the peoples of the Middle Niger written by an English speaking scholar. The Island of Gold was the medieval Muslim and later European name for a fabled source of gold and other tropical riches.MoreThis book provides the first comprehensive history of the peoples of the Middle Niger written by an English speaking scholar. The Island of Gold was the medieval Muslim and later European name for a fabled source of gold and other tropical riches. Although the floodplain of the Niger river lies far from the goldfields, the mosaic of peoples along the Middle Niger created a wealth of grain, fish, and livestock that supported some of Africas oldest cities, including Timbuktu. In this book, Roderick James McIntosh uses the latest archaeological and anthropological research to provide a bold overview of the distant origins of life for the inhabitants of the Middle Niger, and an explanation for their social evolution. He shows, for instance, the difficulties the peoples faced in adapting to an unpredictable climate, and how their particular social organization determined the unusual nature of their responses to that change. Throughout the book oral traditions are integrated into the story, providing vivid insights into the inhabitants complex culture and belief systems.