8 maps, 2 figures, appendix with historical texts and 5 tables
Text language: French
The important Islamic Fulbe empires of the 19th century since long are the focus of interest for historical Fulbe Studies. The greater part of the smaller half-autonomous states at the border areas of these empires have scarcely been subject of scientific research up to the present. The present study is a first step towards clarifying the settlement and conquest history of the Fulbe in the Northwest of Burkina Faso.
In the beginning of the 18th century the Fulbe left the densely populated areas of the Niger valley (in today’s Mali). Today they live in Boboland at the border of Mali. The main focus of interest lies on the transition from the peaceful infiltration of the Fulbe pastoral nomads to the political domination and the foundation of the Barani state.
Further chapters deal with the social and political organisation as well as the relations with the neighbouring states, that is the animistic Yatenga state, the theocratic ones of Diina Seeku Amadu in Maasina and its succession state under al-Hajj Umar Tall. The book ends with the description of the relations with the state of Samori Touré and the simultaneous military extinction of the Barani state through the French.