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The Songhai Empire started out as a fishing and trading center
islam growing faith
trade among West Africa and Musilim traders
Largest empire Promotion of Islam Songhay Empire Sunni Ali Islam in Songhay Offical religion of Songhay Empire
Majority of songhay rulers practiced Islam
tried to force the religion on the people
combined elements of their ancestral religions with Islam
dominant religion in the goverment
appointed Islamic leaders to goverment posts
limited to urban elites Askia Muhammad & The Promotion of islam Rulers of Songhay Many rulers of the songhay empire would convery to islam to justify their rule
believed that Allah protects the religion and that they were chosen by him to rule
He Chose certain people to renew and revive Islam in Songhay. How Rulers used religious ideas to legitimize their rule Muhammad set up local courts to honor Muslim laws.
increased the political influence of Islam in his state
improved ties with the muslim world through trade
encouraging the immigration of scholars and skilled workers from Arabia
replaced traditional Songhay administrators with Muslims in order to Islamicize Songhay society. The most influential ruler in the rise of the Songhay empire
famous leader of songhay, muslim, built mosques, libraries, talented general