Sultanate of Agadez

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Tenere Sultanate of Aïr
Sultanate of Agadez
1449–1900
Capital Agadez
Languages Tuareg, Arabic
Religion Islam
Government Monarchy
History
 •  Established 1449
 •  Disestablished 1900
Today part of  Niger

The Sultanate of Agadez (also known as Tenere Sultanate of Aïr,[1] Sultanate of Aïr[2]) was a Berber kingdom centered in the city of Agadez in the Aïr Mountains, located at the southern edge of the Sahara desert in north central Niger. It was founded in 1449 by the Tuareg. The sultanate was later conquered by the Songhai Empire in 1500.[1] After the defeat of Songhai in 1591, the Agadez Sultanate regained its independence. It experienced a steep decline in population and economic activity during the 17th century. The kingdom was later conquered by the French in 1900.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James B. Minahan (2016). Encyclopedia of Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups around the World, 2nd Edition. ABC-CLIO. p. 418. ISBN 978-1-61069-954-9. 
  2. ^ "Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Air". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 442–443). 

Further reading[edit]

  • Decalo, Samuel. Historical Dictionary of Niger, 3rd ed., pp. 24–27. Scarecrow Press (Boston), 1997. ISBN 0-8108-3136-8.
  • Hudgens, Jim & al. Rough Guide to West Africa, 4th ed., p. 983. Rough Guide, 2003. ISBN 1-84353-118-6.

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