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Idealism and Pragmatism: The Related Muslim West African Discourses on Identity, Captivity and Ransoming

@article{Lofkrantz2014IdealismAP,
  title={Idealism and Pragmatism: The Related Muslim West African Discourses on Identity, Captivity and Ransoming},
  author={J. Lofkrantz},
  journal={African Economic History},
  year={2014},
  volume={42},
  pages={107 - 87}
}
IntroductionAs has been demonstrated in recent scholarship, the ransoming of captives has been a widespread practice throughout West Africa.1 Underpinning ransoming practices, including who and how a person should be ransomed and the conduct of ransom negotiations, is intellectual thought and debate on ransoming. As I have stated elsewhere, ransoming is defined as the paying for the release of a captive, with cash or kind, at the time of capture or soon afterwards. Moreover, the ransoming of a… Expand
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