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Council of:
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Religious Faith
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Scenario: Timbuktu, Mali 1322 AD


Mansa Musa

Benevolent Ruler of Mali
and
Obedient Servant of Allah

does hereby decree
to his loyal and obedient Councilors of the

Council of Arts
Council of Commerce
Council of Knowledge
Council of Religious Faith
Council of Transportation

Your monarch, Mansa Musa, desires to show his deep and abiding faith in Allah and the teachings of Muhammad his prophet, by making the holy pilgrimage or Hajj to Mecca. While undertaking this holy journey to the far reaches of the Arabian Peninsula, your monarch commands his councilors to:

  • introduce the glories and accomplishments of the Empire of Mali to the Arab Empire and the Western world.
  • engage in intellectual exchanges with leading Islamic scholars.
  • establish opportunities for trade.
  • predict the short- and long-term impact of this journey on the Empire of Mali.
  • make a full report to your monarch and the court.

As councilors in the court of Mansa Musa, you are each charged with specific duties. Read the royal degree that is written for your council position.