Overview of Ibn Battuta’s West African Work

Looking at Battuta’s work, even a small excerpt like the one found in the Corpus of Early Arabic Sources for West African History, it is understandable why he is seen as such an important source for medieval Africa.  He goes into fairly extensive detail on several different cultures and towns and covers a wide range of topics, like slaves, weapons, currency, trade, etc.  If I had not ever thought that he might have plagiarized or otherwise falsified his records, his works would have been a veritable gold mine of information.  However, that is not the case.

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Searching for the Plague in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hello, my name is Sam Mancuso and I am a history major at the College of William and Mary.   History is my passion and the potential to impact the field of African history is too tempting a prospect to pass up.  This summer I will work under the guidance of Professor Gerard Chouin and help set up a foundation of research for future inquiries into the Black Plague in sub-Saharan Africa.

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