Regions and Styles

The mosques featured in this collection belong to a number of different regions within Mali, and represent several different architectural traditions. The three featured mosques from Timbuktu recall the early history of Islam in Mali as it spread across caravan routes throughout the Sahara and Sahel regions of Africa.  The mosques of the Inner Niger River Delta include some of Mali’s most monumental structures, particularly the great mosque at Djenné, but also contains more modest structures. Finally, the collection includes mosques from the Bandiagara Escarpment and Seno-Gondo plains, home of Mali“s Dogon People. All of these communities are circumscribed by the meanderings of the Niger River as it loops through central Mali on its way to the distant sea.

Regions and Styles