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Impact of Mansa Musa's Hajj

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Topic: Impact of Mansa Musa's Hajj
Posted By: Prince of Zeila
Subject: Impact of Mansa Musa's Hajj
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2009 at 02:40
Most people know about the fabled but historical pilgrimage of Mansa Musa to Makkah in the 14th century and it's wealthy caravan train's impact on Egypt's economy is also well known, but what other impact did he and his entourage have during their journey?  
 
Mansa Musa - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mansa_Musa.jpg - Source
 
 


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Posted By: AksumVanguard
Date Posted: 02 Jul 2009 at 11:55
Well it caused the specie of Gold Decline in Egypt,and he was actuallity in conflict with one of the Mamluk Sultanates for some strange reason. He may of also left slaves in Egypt.

But the impact defintely was made on Mali itself after he constructed more and more mosques with more elaborate decorations.


Posted By: Prince of Zeila
Date Posted: 02 Jul 2009 at 19:39

The journey itself was a eyeopener for M. Musa.  When he returned to Mali the building of new mosques and his patronism of Timbuktu as a city of scholars are but a few of the many legacies of his pilgrimage.  News about the riches of his caravan reached various parts of the Islamic world and Europe, which is why Mansa Musa is shown on that European map. 

 


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Posted By: Carcharodon
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2009 at 20:18
Greetings.
 
It seems that Mansa Musa also bought slaves in Egypt. Some of those who later came to Mali could also have brought some influences from the Mediterranean world to Mali.
 
And he of course also gave the world the fascinating story (retold  and made known by Al Ulmari) about his predeccessor Abubakari II who sailed away westward into the unknown.


Posted By: Prince of Zeila
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2009 at 06:42
Greetings Carcharodon thanks for your contribution, i wasn't aware of the fact that Al Umari learned of Abubakari II's story by way of M. Musa.

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Posted By: Carcharodon
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2009 at 19:30

It seems that Al Umari visited Cairo some time after Mansa Musas visit there and collected the stories the Mansa and his people left behind. Al Umari seems to have interviewed people who in their turn had spoken to Mansa Musa personally. The tale about Abubakari II Al Umari seems to have got from the Mamluk governor of Cairo, Ibn Amir Hajib who had heard it from Mansa Musa himself.

Independently from Al Umari it seems that oral story tellers in the lands of the old Mali Empire also have preserved this story.


Posted By: Prince of Zeila
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 04:55
^Maybe the untranslated manuscripts of Timbuktu will shed more light on those voyages in the not so distance future?, or atleast the later legends and poems that were inspired by it, just imagine Barack Obama going on a spacemission to an unknown region of space and not coming back, that would unleash speculation galore right?.

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Posted By: Carcharodon
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 07:47
Yes, that would be a thing to remember for centuries (just like Abubakaris mission).



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