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- Ismaël Hamet was an interpreter and official in the service of the French army in the colony of French West Africa. His 1911 Chroniques de la Mauritanie sénégalaise (Chronicles of Senegalese Mauritania) is one of the few scholarly books about the region of the Western Sahara, and Mauritania in particular, to be published in the West before the mid-20th century. The first part of the book consists of an overview chapter on the geography, history, and social conditions of Mauritania; a chapter on the natural resources and commerce of the Western Sahara; a chapter on the moral and intellectual condition of the indigenous peoples of the region; a lexicography of Arabic terms; and an alphabetical list Arabic and Berber proper names encountered in Arabic manuscripts from the region. Much of Hamet’s research concerned the Almoravids, a Berber Muslim dynasty that originated in North Africa and that in the 11th and 12th centuries ruled a large empire that extended over present-day Morocco, Mauritania, southern Spain and Portugal, and parts of present-day Algeria and Mali. The second part of the book consists of the texts of manuscripts, including Amr el Oualy Nacer Eddine (History of Saint Nacer Eddine), translated into French or in the original Arabic, relating to the history of Mauritania from the late 16th century to the second half of the 17th century.
Title in Original Language
Chroniques de la Mauritanie sénégalaise. Nacer Eddine
Type of Item
- 271 pages contain French text, 104 pages contain Arabic text : folded genealogy tables ; 26 centimeters
- H.T. Norris, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 66, number 1 (2003).