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Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
David ConradDavid CONRAD

The Songhai Empire of the western Sudan came together from peoples whose livelihoods depended on the Niger; by the tenth century the empire thrived along both riverbanks and the bordering lands. During the sixteenth century, the Songhai city of Timbuktu (Tombouctou) was a great center of learning with hundreds of Qur’anic schools and many learned scholars. After some eight hundred years it lost independence to an invading Moroccan army. ...

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