Listed below are some wonderful books about Mali, its people, cultures, politics, and history. Most are scholarly and written in English. If you’d like to recommend a book that doesn’t appear here, please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Une Guerre Perdue : La France au Sahel.
Rosa de Jorio, Cultural Heritage in Mali in the Neoliberal Era.
Jaimie Bleck, Education and Empowered Citizenship in Mali.
Ryan Skinner, Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music.
Sarah Brett-Smith, The Silence of the Women: Bamana Mud Cloths in Mali.
Jean-Christophe Notin, La Guerre de la France au Mali.
Andy Morgan, Music, Culture, and Conflict in Mali.
Dorothea Schulz, Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God
Robert Fowler, A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda.
Cheick M. Chérif Keita, Outcast to Ambassador: The Musical Odyssey of Salif Keita.
Marie Rodet. Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal (1900-1946).
Benjamin F. Soares, Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town.
Banning Eyre, In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali.