Longman; 2Rev Ed edition
This epic seeks to explain the creation of the Malian empire of Timbuktu
fame. Sundiata's legendary rise to power is presented chapter by
chapter, in a fashion that can seem somewhat episodic at times, lending
to the book's strong sense of oral tradition.
There are other glimpses of West African culture provided (though not
emphasized) in the text include: Islamic influences, women's social
status, African society before the European invasion, West African