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Research Interests for Bruce S. Hall

Research Interests:

My first book, A history of race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), is about the development of ideas about racial difference along the West African Sahel. The research for this project was focused in and around the Malian town of Timbuktu. My current research centers on a nineteenth-century commercial network that connected Timbuktu with Ghadames (Libya), and which involved a number of literate slaves as commercial agents.

Commerce, Intellectual history, Islam, Islamic education, Mali, Muslim West Africa, Slavery
Areas of Interest:

Saharan and West African ideas about racial difference
Saharan and West African intellectual history
Saharan and West African commerce

Recent Publications
  1. Hall, BS, Review of Judith Scheele, Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: regional connectivity in the twentieth century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Politique Africaine no. 131 (October, 2013), pp. 224-31
  2. with Lecocq, B; Mann, G; Whitehouse, B; Badi, D; Pelckmans, L; Belalimat, N; Hall, B; Lacher, W, One hippopotamus and eight blind analysts: a multivocal analysis of the 2012 political crisis in the divided Republic of Mali, Review of African Political Economy, vol. 40 no. 137 (September, 2013), pp. 343-357 [doi[abs] [author's comments]
  3. Hall, BS, Saharan commerce and Islamic law: The question of usury (Ribā) in the Nawāzil literature of Mali and Mauritania, 1700-1929, African Economic History, vol. 41 no. 41 (January, 2013), pp. 1-18
  4. Bruce S. Hall, "Saharan Commerce and Islamic Law: The Question of Usury 1 (ribā) in the Nawāzil Literature of Mali and Mauritania, 1700-1929", African Economic History, vol. 41 (2013), pp. 1-20
  5. Hall, BS; Addoun, YD, “The Arabic Letters of the Ghadames Slaves in the Niger Bend, 1860-1900”, in African Slavery/African Voices, edited by Bellagamba, A; Greene, S; Brown, C; Klein, M (2013), pp. pp.485-500, Cambridge University Press, New York [abs] [author's comments]

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