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Ancient Malis Advancements After the kingdom of Ancient Ghana the next great West African Empire to emerge was the kingdom of Ancient Mali Ancient Mali and Ghana had many things in common with each other however there were also several nuances as well For example a great deal more information and written records about the kingdom of Mali still exist With the many artifacts that have endured almost 700 years a much better understanding of Mali can be established Most of the information that is known about the Mali dynasty comes from Islamic scholars and travelers For example Ibn Khaldun a Muslim scholar working out of Islamic Spain in the 15th century wrote about both Ghana and Mali Islamic scholars paid a great amount of attention to Mali because its rulers converted to Islam and also spread the religion throughout Africa The Mali people were also educated At the time Mali people were more advanced in farming and trade than any other The great historical record of Mali allow a history of this great civilization to become alive once again in the minds of historians today The geographical borders of Mali where similar to those of what was Ghana Mali rose after Ghana had fallen at the hands of the Susu In his Kitab al-Ibar Ibn Khaldun indicates that Mali occupied Ghanas former borders He writes Much later the population of Mali grew to such an extent that it became dominate over all over this region Early in the early history of Mali during the reign of Al-Malik al-Nasir Mali extended its border west to the Atlantic Ocean To the north Mali occupied the upper portions of the Sahara To the south Mali extended down the Niger River past the city of Djenne which is located on marshy land in the middle of the Niger River it is referred to as an island To the East the kingdom stretched to a city called Takrur this
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