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Sonni Ali: see SonghaiSonghai
, largest of the former empires in the western Sudan region of N Africa. The state was founded (c.700) by Berbers on the Middle Niger, in what is now central Mali. The rulers accepted Islam c.1000.
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Sonni Ali Ber
(his name means "Ali the Great") has enjoyed an unsavory reputation among Arab chroniclers as a cruel and rapacious tyrant; this was perhaps due to the unorthodox blend of Islam and pagan African religious rites practiced under the Sonni monarchs; this policy served to maintain a useful alliance between the Muslim urban merchants and the pagan pastoralists on whom they depended.