This is the latest accepted revision, reviewed on 2 January 2019. Catalan Atlas BNF Sheet 6 Mansa Musa. Mansa Musa in Western manuscripts and literature. His name also appears atlas du mali PDF Kankou Musa, Kankan Musa, and Kanku Musa.
Kankou » is a popular Manding female name, thus Kankou Musa reads « Musa whose mother was Kankou ». Other alternatives are Mali-koy Kankan Musa, Gonga Musa, and the Lion of Mali. What is known about the kings of the Malian Empire is taken from the writings of Arab scholars, including Al-Umari, Abu-sa’id Uthman ad-Dukkali, Ibn Khaldun, and Ibn Battuta. Mansa Musa Keita came to the throne through a practice of appointing a deputy when a king goes on his pilgrimage to Mecca or some other endeavor, and later naming the deputy as heir. So he equipped two hundred boats full of men, as many others full of gold, water and victuals sufficient enough for several years. Musa’s son and successor, Mansa Magha Keita, was also appointed deputy during Musa’s pilgrimage.
From the far reaches of the Mediterranean Sea to the Indus River, the faithful approached the city of Mecca. Musa was a devout Muslim, and his pilgrimage to Mecca made him well-known across northern Africa and the Middle East. To Musa, Islam was « an entry into the cultured world of the Eastern Mediterranean ». Musa made his pilgrimage between 1324 and 1325.