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Timbuktu, a medieval trade city

WHAP Chapter 13 Extra Credit
by

Jenna McMains

on 15 December 2013

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We've got the salt for you right here in Timbuktu!
Social
Diverse because was
actually founded by
nomads

Used as a caravan and trade city so
there were a lot of traders and merchants
from different places passing through

Was Islamic (as with most cities nobles were treated best with merchants and artisans as the middle class and slaves as the bottom tier

Women were treated as less than equal because this was an Islamic city and was full of merchants who were treated highly. Women were not merchants so were not treated as highly.
Political
Part of Mali

Then retaken by Tuareg
peoples

Mali Empire
(Important People)

Leaders:
Mansa Kankan Musa r. 1312-1337
Mansa Suleiman r. 1341-1360

Scholar:
Ibn Battuta

Tuareg
Nomadic Desert Peoples That lived in and near Timbuktu and Burkina Faso

No notable leaders to discuss mainly because
they were nomadic
Economic
Sub Saharan African Trade Routes
and Niger River

Imports: Fabrics Books
Exports: Gold Salt Ivory
Cultural
Primary Religion: Islam

Trade has influenced the
religion because Islam
was brought here by
Muslim traders.

Unique Architecture:
Mosques are a great
example of earthen
buildings

The whole empire of Mali interestingly relied on foreign countries for innovations particularly military innovations


Medival Timbuktu vs. 2013 Timbuktu
Same Name

Part of Mali
(still)

Salt trade is
(still) very
important

Religion has
shifted
from Islam
to Buddhism

Is now more impoverished than in medieval times

By Jenna McMains
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