By G. Martin
Focusing on person political thinkers and starting with indigenous African political suggestion, the booklet successively examines African nationalism, African socialism, populism and Marxism, Africanism and pan-Africanism, concluding with modern views on democracy, improvement and the African state.
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Sundiata’s son and successor, Mansa Uli, performed the pilgrimage to Mecca. Under his rule, Mali expanded and took control of the trading towns of Walata, Timbuktu, and Gao. The Islamic character of the empire was strengthened in the fourteenth century under Mansa Musa (1312–37) and his brother Mansa Suleyman (1341–60), who encouraged the building of mosques and the development of Islamic learning. 18 An important development was the emergence and growth of a local clerical class (ulama) in the main political and commercial towns such as Jenne, Th e I n f lu e n c e o f I s l a m i c Va lu e s a n d I d e a s 27 Timbuktu, and Gao.
23 The period from the seventh to the sixteenth century saw the progressive Islamization of the states and societies of North Africa, the Western and Central Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, the East African coastal areas, and the Indian Ocean islands. With the exception of North Africa—where it was the result of Arab conquest—Islam was spread peacefully by first Arab then Berber and other indigenous African traders. As a result, Islam was an essentially urban phenomenon found in all the (major and minor) commercial and political centers.
National solidarity disappears and decline begins. Decline leads ultimately to the disintegration of state and civilization if not checked by the appearance of a new group with ‘asabîyah (social solidarity). Such a new group is unlikely to rise within the state, however. Rather, a less advanced people with rising ‘asabîyah typically takes over the state and changes its manner of life—albeit temporarily. Eventually they also will generate the same processes that led to the decline of the state they conquered.
African Political Thought by G. Martin