The Gift of the Followers of the Path of Muhammad


Timbuktu, founded around 1100 as a commercial center for trade across the Sahara Desert, was also an important seat of Islamic learning from the 14th century onward. The libraries of Timbuktu contain many important manuscripts, in different styles of Arabic scripts, which were written and copied by Timbuktu’s scribes and scholars. These works constitute the city’s most famous and long-lasting contribution to Islamic and world civilization. This work is about the Songhai Empire, one of the most important states in West Africa during the 14th and 15th centuries. Muslims lived in significant numbers within the empire's domains. The work examines the history of the empire and discusses important questions of Islamic law that arose within it, including the status and rights of women and children in a Muslim society.

Last updated: September 29, 2014