Mali And Songhai Islam

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The presence of Islam was a powerful force in Mali and Songhai, leading to improvement in scholarship and government. When Islam was first introduced and spread in the Mali empire, the religion was practiced alongside the different traditional religions that still existed. However, Islam eventually became the main religion within the region. However, a group of Islamic scholars began planning a coup as they were not content with this religious tolerance and believed that Islam should be exclusively practiced in the Songhai empire. This was successful, and Askiya Muhammad, the leader of the coup, became the leader of the empire. Being a faithful Muslim, Muhammad based all of his political decision on Islam, and he built over 100 muslim schools
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