In 1324 Mansa Musa, the sultan of Mali, undertook his pilgrimage to Mecca with a very long caravan laden with gold. A journey destined to enter history, cloaked in legend, thanks to the Arab chronicles of the time and of the centuries to come. The author reconstructs that path, placing it in the historical and cultural context of the time, revealing its political and strategic aspects as well as religious and economic ones. The route of the caravan thus becomes a sort of metaphor, useful for explaining the dense network of ties and exchanges that enveloped the Mediterranean, uniting Africa to Europe. Thus a new and multicentric reading of history is outlined, in which Africa is an important protagonist and not the isolated land of the hic sunt leones.

Ma carovana del sultano. Dal Mali alla Mecca (1324-1325)

Marco Aime
2023-01-01

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In 1324 Mansa Musa, the sultan of Mali, undertook his pilgrimage to Mecca with a very long caravan laden with gold. A journey destined to enter history, cloaked in legend, thanks to the Arab chronicles of the time and of the centuries to come. The author reconstructs that path, placing it in the historical and cultural context of the time, revealing its political and strategic aspects as well as religious and economic ones. The route of the caravan thus becomes a sort of metaphor, useful for explaining the dense network of ties and exchanges that enveloped the Mediterranean, uniting Africa to Europe. Thus a new and multicentric reading of history is outlined, in which Africa is an important protagonist and not the isolated land of the hic sunt leones.
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