The Prosperous Mongol and Mali Empires

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There are many similarities and differences in the prosperous Mongol and Mali Empires. One similarity is that both the Mongol and Mali Empire lived in nearly uninhabitable places. The Mongols in the steppe and Mali in the desert. The steppe biome has unfertile soil and the desert is very dry with poor soil for farming. Another similarity would be that both empires had very powerful leaders that helped build a better empire. Powerful Mongol leaders were Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan. A powerful Mali leader was Mansa Musa. It is said that he made it “rain” gold on a pilgrimage to Mecca. A third similarity is that both empires were extremely tolerant of other religions. Although Mansa Musa, the Mali emperor, adopted Islam as his main religion, he didn’t force his people and subjects to follow the same one. He let them worship other religions. In the Mughal Empire, which is based of the Mongol empire, Akbar the Great promoted religious tolerance. He was Muslim, but he sought wisdom from the holy men of all faiths. There are some differences as well. A difference would be that different weapons were used in battle in the Mali and Mongol Empires. Mali focused more on arrows and javelins while the Mongols didn’t. The Mongols used very powerful short-bows on horseback and gunpowder started forming! Another difference is that Mali expanded through trade and Mongols through conquest. An example of a Mongol conquest would be the capture of the Xi Xia. Mali thrived and expanded
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