Not Quite Venus from the Waves: The Almoravid Conquest of Ghana in the Modern Historiography of Western Africa

  title={Not Quite Venus from the Waves: The Almoravid Conquest of Ghana in the Modern Historiography of Western Africa},
  author={Pekka Masonen and Humphrey J. Fisher},
  journal={History in Africa},
  pages={197 - 232}
The Almoravid conquest of ancient Ghana in 1076 AD is certainly among the most dramatic and controversial single events in the historiography of West Africa. It has been regarded as a crucial turning point, as the battle of Hastings was for England, not only for the existence of Ghana, but also for the destiny of the entire area, opening the gates to a triumphant Islam in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet the conquest and destruction of Ghana by Almoravid invaders constitute one of the myths which still… 
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