Ecology and power in the periphery of Maasina : the case of the Hayre in the nineteenth century

M. de Bruijn, H. van Dijk

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This article explores political tensions between successive nineteenth-century rulers of the inland delta of the Niger in central Mali (the Fulbe Diina of Hamdullahi and the Futanke successors of al-Hajj Umar) and the pastoral interests of the Fulbe chiefdoms on their eastern periphery, in a region known as the Hayre. A close study of changing forms of local governance and natural resource management demonstrates that although different strategies were employed by the Fulbe and Futanke states to control the Hayre, the internal dynamics of the region can only partly be explained by the influence of these central powers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-238
JournalJournal of African History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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