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The area covered in this chapter extends from the southern reaches of the Inland Delta of the river Niger in the east to the borderlands of Mali and Senegal in the west. One of the most celebrated writers of this region was an outsider who is also well known as an empire builder: al-ḥājj ʿUmar b. Saʿīd al-Fūtī (d. 1864). He was born in Futa Toro in northern Senegal, and launched his jihād from close to the Futa Jallon region of Guinea, eventually conquering much of what is now central Mali and setting up his headquarters in Segu. In his palace there he established a…

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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