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The War in Mali

Mali

EVEN IF THE contemporary account of al-Umari is greatly exaggerated, the 1324 transit of the Malian emperor Mansa Musa’s vast entourage on a Mecca pilgrimage must have been an unforgettable sight. So rich was this King of Kings said to be that the amount of gold which his slaves dispensed to the onlookers of Cairo reduced the value of this metal within Egypt for a decade.

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