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Topics: Black people, White people, Slavery Pages: 2 (469 words) Published: November 14, 2013


This chapter is about a prince named Abdul Rahman from the tribe called FulBe. The FulBe people were cattle herders and most of them were Muslims. In their tribe, there was a prophet named Karamoko Alfa, who was their religious leader and called for a religious war called Jihaad on the tribe of Jalunke. The leader of the tribe was named Ibrahima Sori, who was the father of Abdul Rahman and the king of the tribe. He was known for his boldness and courage which led him to become popular amongst the people of the tribe and he was given the title of Almaami, or the one who leads the community in prayer. In the war against the Jalunke, Sori led his army and cleverly killed the enemy king, forcing the enemies to flee the city. “FulBe men ordinarily dressed in full sleeved, loose fitting robes and wore turbans or embroidered skullcaps” and “women, covered only from waist to knee in brightly colored cloth, wore gold earrings and elaborate coiffures. (Alford 7).” Sometime later, a massive rebellion occurred in 1756, which was led by Saalihu, who was the son of Karamoko Alfa. Sori soon quit Timbo and left with his family to Mount Helaya. The new Almaami Saalihu was weak and led the tribe to destruction followed by invasions from neighboring tribes. Abdul Rahman went off to study religion and later returned to join the army of his father. A doctor named John Coates Cox was left on the island by his fellow explorers and Ibrahima Sori helped him by providing him a home, and nurse to help him recover. “Dr. Cox is probably the person whom the traveler Mollien, writing in 1820, mentions as taking a wife and fathering a son at Timbo (Alford 18).” This story of the young prince has allowed us to understand the transition of his life from being a prince to a slave. We also learn about the difficulties endured by the African Americans through this inspirational story of the life of a former prince. This novel along with many other accounts of former slaves made the world...
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