The Mali Empire (Manding: Nyeni;[5]), an aa historically referred tae as the Manden Kurufaba,[1] wis an empire in Wast Africae frae c. 1230 tae c. 1610. The empire wis foondit bi Sundiata Keita an acame renained for the wealth o its rulers, especially Mansa Musa. The Manding leids war spoken in the empire.

Mali Empire

Nyeni  (Bambara)
efter c. 1230:
Mande Kurufaba  (Bambara)[1]
c. 1235–c. 1610
Extent o the Mali Empire (c. 1350)
Extent o the Mali Empire (c. 1350)
CaipitalNiani; later Ka-ba
Common leidsMalinké, Mandinka, Fulani, Bozo
African Tradeetional Releegion, Islam
Mansa (Emperor) 
• 1235–1255
Mari Djata I (first)
• c. 17t century
Mahmud IV (last)
Historical eraPostclessical Era
• Established
c. 1235
• Caipital muived frae Niani tae Kangaba
• State collapses and divided among emperor's sons
c. 1610
1250[2]100,000 km2 (39,000 sq mi)
1312[3]1,294,994 km2 (500,000 sq mi)
1380[2]1,100,000 km2 (420,000 sq mi)
1500[2]400,000 km2 (150,000 sq mi)
CurrencyGowd dust
(Saut, copper an cowries war an aa common in the empire)
Precedit bi
Succeedit bi
Ghana Empire
Gao Empire
Songhai Empire
Jolof Empire
Kaabu Empire
Empire o Great Fulo
The day pairt o The Gambie
 Ivory Coast
Naitional Seembol: Faucon

The Mali Empire wis the lairgest in Wast Africae an profoondly influenced the cultur o Wast Africae throu the spread o its leid, laws an customs.[6]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Taagepera, p. 497.
  3. Hempstone, p. 312.
  4. Walker, Sheila S.: "African roots/American cultures: Africa in the creation of the Americas", p. 127. Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
  5. Ki-Zerbo, Joseph: UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. IV, Abridged Edition: Africa from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century, p. 57. University of California Press, 1997.
  6. "The Empire of Mali, In Our Time - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2015-10-29.