Bruce S. Hall
Associate Professor in the Department of History
My first book, A history of race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), is about the development of ideas about racial difference along the West African Sahel. The research for this project was focused in and around the Malian town of Timbuktu. My current research centers on a nineteenth-century commercial network that connected Timbuktu with Ghadames (Libya), and which involved a number of literate slaves as commercial agents.
External Faculty Fellow. Stanford Humanities Center. September 2012
Hall, BS, and Addoun, YD. "“The Arabic Letters of the Ghadames Slaves in the Niger Bend, 1860-1900”." African Slavery/African Voices. Ed. A Bellagamba, S Greene, C Brown, and M Klein. Cambridge University Press, 2013. pp.485-500.
Hall, BS, and Stewart, CC. "The historic ‘Core Curriculum,’ and the book market in Islamic West Africa." The Trans-Saharan Book Trade: Arabic Literacy, Manuscript Culture, and Intellectual History in Islamic Africa. Ed. G Krätli and G Lydon. Brill, 2011. 109-74.
Hall, BS. "Bellah Highwaymen: Slave banditry and crime in colonial northern Mali." Islam, Slavery and Diaspora. Ed. IM Montana, BA Mirzai, and P Lovejoy. Africa World Press, 2009. 193-215.
Hall, BS. "An early Tuareg anti-colonial manifesto? A local critique of the French occupation of the Niger Bend." Le Temps des Oulèmas: les manuscrits africains comme sources historiques. Ed. S Moumouni and V Pawlikova-Vilhanova. Etudes Nigeriens, 2009. 107-47.
Hall, BS. "Historiography of Islamic Africa." New Encyclopedia of Africa. Ed. J Middleton and J Miller. Charles Scribner’s sons, 2008.
Hall, BS. "Review of Judith Scheele, Smugglers and Saints of the Sahara: regional connectivity in the twentieth century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)." Politique Africaine (October 2013): 224-31. (Review)
Lecocq, B, Mann, G, Whitehouse, B, Badi, D, Pelckmans, L, Belalimat, N, Hall, B, and Lacher, W. "One hippopotamus and eight blind analysts: a multivocal analysis of the 2012 political crisis in the divided Republic of Mali." Review of African Political Economy 40.137 (September 2013): 343-357. Full Text
Hall, BS. "Arguing sovereignty in Songhay." Afriques: Débats, methods et terraines d’histoire 4 (2013): 1-17.
Hall, BS. "A History of Libya." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES 46.2 (2013): 332-333.
Hall, BS. "SAHARAN COMMERCE AND ISLAMIC LAW: THE QUESTION OF USURY (RIBA) IN THE NAWAZIL LITERATURE OF MALI AND MAURITANIA, 1700-1929." AFRICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY 41 (2013): 1-18.
Hall, BS. "Review of Ghislaine Lydon, On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks, and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2009)." Journal of World History 22 (2011): 618-21. (Academic Article)
Hall, BS. "Review of John Wright, A History of Libya (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)." International Journal of African Historical Studies 44 (2011): 458-60. (Academic Article)
Hall, BS. "Bellah Histories of Decolonization, Iklan Paths to Freedom: The Meanings of Race and Slavery in the Late-Colonial Niger Bend (Mali), 1944-1960." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES 44.1 (2011): 61-87. Open Access Copy
Hall, BS. "HOW SLAVES USED ISLAM: THE LETTERS OF ENSLAVED MUSLIM COMMERCIAL AGENTS IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY NIGER BEND AND CENTRAL SAHARA." JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY 52.3 (2011): 279-297. Full Text
Hall, BS. "A History of Libya. By John Wright." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES 44.3 (2011): 458-460.