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February 13 2015 Segu Response Despite being a work of fiction Maryse Conde’s novel Segu successfully depicts several conflicts brought on by historical changes in pre-colonial Africa. Three major historical concepts are the main focus of this book. Dousika Traore, an advisor to the king, and his four sons experience the effects of the spread of Islam, the end of the Atlantic slave trade, and the new era of trade and the installation of a legitimate currency, which was brought on by the Europeans. The Bambara are very involved in religious beliefs that are entirely different from the Muslim traditions; therefore they resist the new religion. The four sons, Tiekoro, Naba, Siga, and Malobali and the Bambara people are faced with the struggles associated with adapting to the world that is changing around them. Tiekoro, the oldest son, decides to convert to Islam and embarks on a journey with his resentful brother, Siga. Siga does not accept Islam and strongly believes in the Bambara way of worship. The traditional Bambara religion revolves around worshipping ancestors and their
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