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Mansa Musa

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Ginny Taglia

on 12 December 2013

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Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa begins his Hajj
Mansa Musa was born in Mali
Rose to power, became king of Mali Empire
Influenced by Islamic faith
Left on Hajj to Mecca with a caravan of thousands of people
Passed through a few trading centers and small oasis towns
Gave gold to poor
Built Mosques and spread Islamic faith
Gathered followers
Along the Way
At first, refused to meet with Sultan
Gave away and spent hundreds of pounds of gold
Musa's generosity devastated economy

Entering Arabia
Mansa Musa stopped here on way to Mecca
Traded lots of gold
Generosity had the same effect as it did in Egypt
Final Destination in Mecca
After months of travel, caravan finally arrives in Mecca
Unfortunately wrecks gold market here as well
Brings back several learned scholars, architects, and holy men to Mali
Egypt (Returning)
Ran out of money
Borrowed from rich merchants at high interest
Somewhat stabilizes economy
Mali gains Timbuktu
Becomes center of learning and trade
Traded items include salt, gold, and iron
Musa built several mosques
University of Sankore
Architects from Cairo built his palace here
An Unexpected Stop
Musa hears of successful siege
Personally visits Gao on return path
Takes two sons as hostages
Gao becomes trade and cultural center
Overall Effects
Ruined Middle Eastern economy
Spread good name of Mali
Spread Islamic faith
Changed Malian society (religious, educational)
Changed West-African architecture
Added Mali (specifically Timbuktu) to trade routes
Many people traveled to Mali to see its wonders
Other Helpful Maps:
Mansa Musa stops in Cairo, and spends so much gold that he devalues gold and ruins the enconomy, causing inflation and depreciating the metal for a decade.
After Mansa Musa's
European cartographers include Mali on the world map, referencing the wealth of the city.
Mansa Musa returns to Mecca, bringing with him scholars, architects, and government bureaucrats.
One of the architects that accompanied Mansa Musa back to Mali is Abu Ishaq Ibrahim Al-Sahili, who designed a new palace for the Emperor, the mosque at Gao, and the mosque at Timbuktu. Abu Ishaq Ibrahim Al-Sahili's most famous design is the Emperors chamber in Niani.
1280 Mansa Musa is Born
Time Line
Details about Life in the Time of Mansa Musa
-Good Source of Food
-Grew in Popularity
-Easy to Grow
Good Source of nutrition for people working in hot climates.
-Good way of carrying goods in travel
-Mansa Musa's hajj consisted of more than 100 camels
-Each camel carried 300
of gold
-Popular form of trade
-Mansa Musa was ranked the wealthiest man of his time
-He brought so much gold into Cairo he decreased the value significantly
Cairo Economy
Mansa Musa returns to Mali, accompanied by numerous scholars, architects, and government bureaucrats.
1337 Mansa Musa Dies
-Sacred place for Musa's religion
-Mansa Musa built a Mosque every Friday during his hajj
-He built them in Timbuktu, Gao, and many other places
-Brought architects with him to create the mosques
Mansa Musa is featured on a map of the world for the first time.
Empire as a whole
Carried hundreds of pounds of gold dust

Hey Guys, I made a google docs for the journals, feel free to throw them in there as you go. Should have gotten an email from korraleejones, that's my new email.
Sandals were used to protect the feet when traveling from burning in the extremely hot desert sand.
Incense is common in Islamic religion and worship
Incense Burner
Mansa Musa assumes the throne
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