By G. Martin
Focusing on person political thinkers and starting with indigenous African political suggestion, the publication successively examines African nationalism, African socialism, populism and Marxism, Africanism and pan-Africanism, concluding with modern views on democracy, improvement and the African state.
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Popular resistance to the Moroccan invasion in the last decade of the sixteenth century took the form of small, independent states that abandoned Islam and reverted to African indigenous religion, most notably the Songnanke cult (magician-healers) in Dendi (southwestern Songhay). The Moroccan occupation and the subsequent disintegration of the Songhay state created a political vacuum and social and religious disarray that eventually led, during the late seventeenth century, to the emergence of the Bamana kingdom of Segu (1712–1860), whose leaders and people exclusively adhered to indigenous African beliefs.
Shinnie, Margaret, Ancient African Kingdoms (London: Edward Arnold, 1965). 4 Chapter 2 The In flue n c e o f I sl amic Va lue s a n d I d ea s on I nd ige n o us A fr i ca n Politic al Sys t e m s a n d I n s t itution s f ro m t h e Te n t h to th e N i n e te e n t h C e n tury Through the nineteenth-century revolution Islam was transformed into a social and political force which ushered in a new age because its relationship to indigenous civilizations was changed . . The new states foundered, not primarily because they coincided with increasing European penetration, but because they could not transcend the basic African organization of society .
The conquest of African societies by local Islamized states was a significant factor only in the Lake Chad region and in southern Ethiopia. Th e I n f lu e n c e o f I s l a m i c Va lu e s a n d I d e a s 25 From the eighth century on, Ibadi merchants from Tahert, Wargla, and southern Tunisia traveled to various Western Sudanese towns such as Ghana, Gao, Awdaghost, Tadmekka, Ghayaru, Zafunu, and Kugha. The Kharidjites of the Sufri sect were ruling Sidjilmasa, one of the most important northern termini of the caravan trade until the tenth century.
African Political Thought by G. Martin