Listed below are some wonderful books about Mali, its people, cultures, politics, and history. Most of them 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.


Jaimie Bleck, Education and Empowered Citizenship in Mali.

Ryan Skinner, Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music.

Greg Mann, From Empire to NGOs in the West African Sahel: The Road to Nongovernmentality.


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.


Judith Scheele, Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: Regional Connectivity in the Twentieth Century.


Robert Fowler, A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda.

Brian J. Peterson, Islamization from Below: The Making of Muslim Communities in Rural French Sudan, 1880-1960.


Baz Lecocq, Disputed Desert: Decolonisation, Competing Nationalisms and Tuareg Rebellions in Northern Mali.


Marie Rodet. Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal (1900-1946).


Daouda Gary-Tounkara, Migrants soudanais/maliens et conscience ivoirienne : Les étrangers en Côte d’Ivoire (1903-1980 ).


Kris Holloway, Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali.


Benjamin F. Soares, Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town.


Saskia Brand, Mediating Means and Fate: A Socio-Political Analysis of Fertility and Demographic Change in Bamako, Mali.


Banning Eyre, In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali.

3 Responses to Bookshelf

  1. Marie says:

    I believe it’s Andy Morgan and not Martin.
    You can also add my book: Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal (1900-1960) (Paris: Karthala).

    • brucewhitehouse says:

      Nothing wrong with a little self-promotion… and you’re right, I’ll fix Andy’s last name. Andy Martin is a different writer!

  2. Marie says:

    Daouda Gary-Tounkara (2008) Migrants soudanais/maliens et conscience ivoirienne. Les étrangers en Côte d’Ivoire (1903-1980 ). Paris: L’Harmattan.

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