Culture and Customs of Mali (Cultures and Customs of the World)

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Touching on everything from its rich musical heritage to its varied cultural traditions, this is a thorough and accessible introduction to the contemporary lives of the different peoples who call Mali their home.


· A chronology of important political events and developments from the medieval empires of Mali until the contemporary period

· Photographs of Malian life

· A glossary of key terms, such as polygyny, marriage payments, and oral tradition

· A bibliography of important work written in English on Mali, its history, peoples, culture, religion, and social customs

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Famed for its historic gold mines, storied medieval empires, and the illustrious city of Timbuktu located on the border of the Sahara desert, Mali has long been at the crossroads of exchange routes that connected the African rain forest to Libya, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. But what is it like to live in Mali today?

About the Author:

Dorothea E. Schulz is professor of anthropology at the University of Cologne, Germany. She has worked for more than 20 years in Mali. Her published works include Perpetuating the Politics of Praise: Jeli Singers, Radios, and Political Mediation in Mali and Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God.

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