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Sundiata and Mansa Musa on the Web

This site holds more than 150 resources about Sondiata and Mansa Musa, kings of the Empire of Mali in the 13th and 14th centuries. It also covers some aspects of later history, including the oral poetry that have preserved Sundiata's deeds for hundreds of years.

Some highlights

Start by reading Sondiata or Mansa Musa. But don't wait too long before diving into the Primary Sources—there are quite a few available on the web. The Mali Empire and Others covers the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai Empires together, with a special section on Timbuktu and its books.

If you are a teacher, check out For Educators for lesson plans and booklists. Standards Controversy covers Mansa Musa's improbable cameo in the Culture Wards.

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Sondiata is sometimes spelled Sondjata. Mansa Musa is sometimes named Mansa Kankan Musa, or spelled Mansa Mussa. Saying this helps search engines, so sue me. :)

Enjoy the site!

Tim Spalding
Portland, Maine

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If you enjoy this site you may also like these other sites by me:

Ibn Battuta on the Web. Comprehensive guide to the 14th century Muslim traveler, Ibn Battuta on Morocco, and his Rihla.

Ibn Khaldun on the Web. Web directory and guide to the great 14th century Arab historian and philosopher of history.

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