His successes allowed decades of peace and prosperity in Western Africa
Musa became emperor in 1312 after the death of Abu-Bakr II
Musa's pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 brought thousands of escorts and cavalry carrying gold to Mali
The pilgrimage led to Musa bringing over 30,000 pounds of precious gold back to his empire
His journey also increased Islamic education in Mali by building mosques, libraries, and universities
One of the most successful emperors of the West African Mali Empire
Lived from 1280-1337 (Tenth Mansa)
Reign lasted from 1312-1337 (25 years)
Mansa translates to "sultan" or "emperor"
The Empire of Mali was one of the largest empires in West African History. At its height, it spanned from the Atlantic Coast to central parts of the Sahara desert.
Mali's formula for religious tolerance claims "98% Muslim, 2% Christian and 100% animist"
A Muslim is a person who has dedicated his worship exclusively to God. Islamism is the practiced form of religion for a Muslim.
Animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human creations and in some extreme cases, even words—as animated and alive.
Christians believe in justification by faith , meaning through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God, whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ.
The most common cultural activities are
These masks were traditionally associated with honoring deceased relatives and guiding spirits to the realm of the ancestors
Music and dancing
Creation of wood carvings of masks, statues, stools, and objects used in traditional religions
Jewelry making by the Malinke people
Leatherworking around the Niger Bend
Buildings created using materials consisting of mud bricks, stones, and a little wood