Disclaimer. The Tentative Lists of States Parties are published by the World Heritage Centre at its website and/or in working documents in order to ensure. Koumbi Saleh was the last capital of ancient Ghana (also known as Wagadu), a powerful and wealthy West African kingdom. ABSTRACT. One century after its discovery, the Columns Tomb of Kumbi Saleh ( Mauritania) remains an archaeological riddle. Since , six field programs.

Author: Gardagar Nam
Country: Botswana
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Personal Growth
Published (Last): 28 March 2006
Pages: 283
PDF File Size: 11.75 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.63 Mb
ISBN: 767-3-75956-441-2
Downloads: 90493
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mogal

The descriptions provided by the early Arab authors lack sufficient detail to pin-point the exact location of the town. Koumbi was found to include buildings several stories high made of stone and an unidentified mosque.

More on this Topic View overview page for this topic.

Search Submit Advertisement Advertisement. The capital of Kumbi Saleh became the focus of all trade, with a systematic form of taxation. Islam in Mauritania and Islam in Mali. There were 12 mosques. The mihrab faced due east.

Koumbi Saleh | Sahara Overland

Oral traditions of the ruling Abrade Aduana Clan relate that they originated from ancient Ghana. The movement from Kong was necessitated by the desire of the people to find suitable savannah conditions since they were not used to forest life.

The Arabic sources, the only ones to give us any information, are sufficiently vague as to how the country was governed, that we can say very little. Situated about miles km north of modern Bamako, MaliKumbi at the height of its prosperity, beforewas the greatest city of western Africa with a population of more than 15, Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Click here to listen to Al-Bakri describing the opulence surrounding the King of Ghana.


The archaeological evidence suggests that Koumbi Saleh was a Muslim town with a strong Maghreb connection.

Most of our knowledge of Ghana comes from Arab writers. He drew on the book-keeping and literary skills of Muslim scholars to help run the administration of the territory.

Several such traditions were recorded and published. Ibn Khalduna fourteenth-century North African historian who read and cited both al-Bakri and al-Idrisi, does report an ambiguous account of the country’s history as related to him report ‘Uthman, a faqih of Ghana who took a pilgrimage to Mecca inthat the power of Ghana waned as that of the “veiled people” saelh, through the Almoravid movement.

Site archéologique de Kumbi Saleh

Some of the most important parts of products that were trade within Ghana were salt and gold. Many of the hand-crafted leather goods found in old Morocco also had their origins in the empire.

Encyclopedia of African American History [3 volumes]. Kummbi 13 September — via Google Books. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. One of these towns, which is inhabited by Muslims, is large and possesses twelve mosques, in one of which they assemble for Friday prayer.


Much testimony on ancient Ghana depended on how well disposed the king was to foreign travellers, from which the majority of information on the empire comes.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, please contact us. The word Ghana means ” warriors ” and was the title given to the rulers of the original kingdom whose Soninke name was Ouagadou.

Sign in to annotate. In the king’s town, and not far from his courts of justice, is a mosque where Muslims who arrive in his court pray. The discovery in of a 17th-century African chronicle that gave the name of the capital ku,bi Koumbi led French archaeologists to the ruins at Koumbi Saleh. Al-Hamdani, for example, describes Ghana as having the richest gold mines on earth.

There are salaried imams and muezzins, as well as jurists and scholars. Encyclopedia of Africa Author s: These contributing factors all helped the empire remain powerful for some time, providing a rich and stable economy that was to last over several centuries. Retrieved 13 September