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Sunday, July 06, 2014

The conversion of hinterland northeast Africa to Islam

Per Juliette Ochieng, who should know: The Luo weren't Muslim and they're mostly still not Muslim. The Obama family has names like "Barak" and "Husayn" only because they converted a few generations ago.

It was also rather late that northern Sudan converted. The Sennar made the switch in 1523, apparently under Amara Dunqas. The Somalis in Mogadishu, though, did have a sultanate by the 900s AD.

Going Muslim generally followed the trade-routes, at least in Asia. If the despot of some island or port-city went Muslim, he could then immediately arrest his enemies and sell them as slaves. He'd never see them again. He also - more to the point - got some measure of protection against being enslaved himself. Lastly if he had a real problem from rival nations, he could summon other Muslims on a jihad. (But this would only be a last resort; he wouldn't want a bunch of Chechens sailing over and usurping his whole damn nation.)

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