Songhai is a Sunni monarchy of the Maliki school located in West Africa. The region is largely isolated from European interference. Among the starting nations in the region, Mali and Songhai are the strongest.
The Ulema, the local Islamic clergy, are dismayed at the lack of faith of the new ruler of Timbuktu. Already they are spreading word that he is closer to the pagans than to a true Muslim ruler and that his lack of faith will condemn us all. The ulema are already threatening that unless $MONARCH$ adapts to the requirements of the Islamic faith, they will seek a new ruler who does.
Askia the Great opened religious schools and astronomical observatories. He encouraged trade and established an efficiency bureaucracy. He was gifted in administration and responsible for the administration of justice. He had canals built to enhance agriculture and subdued his enemies.
gets the modifier “Golden Age of Timbuktu” until the ruler changes with the following effects:
-10% technology cost,
-10% idea cost,
+3 possible advisors.
The most important chronicle of the Songhai Empire, Tarikh al-Sudan, was written around 1655 by in Abd al-Rahman al-Sadi. It gives brief histories about the early history of Mali, Songhai and Tuareg, but the main part of the chronicle depicts the history of the 15th and 16th century Songhai. It also contains biographies of scholars and holymen of Djenne & Timbuktu.