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Thompson, Carol. The Empire of Mali. , 1998. Adeleke, Tunde. Songhay. , 1996. Web Sites Quigley, Mary. Ancient West African Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, & Songhai. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2002. htm Nelson, Julie. West African Kingdoms. Texas: Steck-Vaughn Company, 2002. html 47 GLOSSARY Hajj - The pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that is required at least once Allah - The one god of Islam. in a Muslim’s lifetime. Balaphon - A musical instrument Islam - A religion that teaches that that uses dried gourds to increase Allah is the one God.

Sundiata's half brother took over the throne after their father's death and forced Sundiata to leave the country. While away, Sundiata learned to walk and became a skilled warrior. He formed a large army and overthrew his cruel brother to become the king of Mali. 36 Muslims built mosques in the cities for worship. Early mosques were made from dried earth and decorated with wooden projections, or minarets, and patterns in clay. From the high tower, Muslims were called to their daily prayers. The towers were actually a mix of Islamic belief and native tradition, since the same types of towers were used as ancestor markers in the Kingdom of Songhay.

This kept their hands free for making pottery or working in the fields. Women also twisted and wrapped colorful pieces of cloth into turbans for their heads. Children’s clothing was cloth wrapped around the waist. People either went barefoot or wore simple sandals. Clothing indicated social status, and in the cities like Timbuktu the women dressed more luxuriously. They were fond of jewels and decorated their hair with bands of gold. Elaborate headdresses and skirts of feathers were made for special ceremonies.

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