The Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Kings of Mali

  title={The Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Kings of Mali},
  author={Nehemia Levtzion},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={341 - 353}
  • N. Levtzion
  • Published 1 November 1963
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
The three most important Arabic sources for the Empire of Mali at its height are Ibn Fadl-Allāh al-‘Umari, Ibn-Baṭṭüṭa, and Ibn-Khaldūn. These authors all had good opportunities to collect information on this remote empire. Al-‘Umarī, who wrote in 1342–9, reflects the impression that Mansä Müsā had left in Cairo during his pilgrimage. In all probability, he had not himself met Mansā Mūsā in person, but he had talked with people who had met the Sudanese emperor. One of his most important… 
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