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The Swahili World

Edited by: Stephanie Wynne-Jones , Adria LaViolette

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138913462
eBook ISBN: 9781315691459
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315691459
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The Swahili World presents the fascinating story of a major world civilization, exploring the archaeology, history, linguistics, and anthropology of the Indian Ocean coast of Africa. It covers a 1,500-year sweep of history, from the first settlement of the coast to the complex urban tradition found there today. Swahili towns contain monumental palaces, tombs, and mosques, set among more humble houses; they were home to fishers, farmers, traders, and specialists of many kinds. The towns have been Muslim since perhaps the eighth century CE, participating in international networks connecting people around the Indian Ocean rim and beyond. Successive colonial regimes have helped shape modern Swahili society, which has incorporated such influences into the region?s long-standing cosmopolitan tradition.

This is the first volume to explore the Swahili in chronological perspective. Each chapter offers a unique wealth of detail on an aspect of the region?s past, written by the leading scholars on the subject. The result is a book that allows both specialist and non-specialist readers to explore the diversity of the Swahili tradition, how Swahili society has changed over time, as well as how our understandings of the region have shifted since Swahili studies first began.

Scholars of the African continent will find the most nuanced and detailed consideration of Swahili culture, language and history ever produced. For readers unfamiliar with the region or the people involved, the chapters here provide an ideal introduction to a new and wonderful geography, at the interface of Africa and the Indian Ocean world, and among a people whose culture remains one of Africa?s most distinctive achievements.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Swahili world Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The eastern African coastal landscape Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Resources of the ocean fringe and the archaeology of the medieval Swahili Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The East African Coast Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Defining the Swahili Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Decoding the genetic ancestry of the Swahili Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Early connections Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Swahili language and its early history Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Swahili origins Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Swahili oral traditions and chronicles Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Manda Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Tumbe, Kimimba and Bandarikuu Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Unguja Ukuu Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Chibuene Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Urbanism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Town and Village Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Mambrui and Malindi Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Shanga Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Gede Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Mtwapa Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Pemba Island, c. 1000–1500 ce  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Zanzibar Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The history and archaeology of the Mafia archipelago Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Mikindani and the southern coast Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Comoros and their early history Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Comoros 1000–1350 ce  Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Mahilaka Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The social composition of Swahili society Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Metals and metal-working along the Swahili coast Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Craft and Industry Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Animals and their uses in the Swahili world Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Plant use and the creation of anthropogenic landscapes Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The progressive integration of eastern Africa into an Afro-Eurasian world-system, first–fifteenth centuries ce  Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Eastern Africa and the dhow trade Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Early inland entanglement in the Swahili world, c. 750–1550 ce  Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Mosaics Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Global commerce, South Asia and the Swahili world Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Links with China Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Currencies of the Swahili world Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Glass beads and Indian Ocean trade Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Quantitative evidencefor early long-distance exchange in eastern Africa Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Islamic Architecture of the Swahili coast Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Swahili houses Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Navigating the early modern world Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Zanzibar Old Town Download PDF
Chapter  47:  The Kilwa–Nyasa caravan route Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Islam in the Swahili world Download PDF
Chapter  49:  The legacy of slavery on the Swahili coast Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Life in Swahili villages Download PDF
Chapter  51:  The modern life of Swahili stonetowns Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Identity and belonging on the contemporary Swahili coast Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Pate Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Mombasa Download PDF
Chapter  55:  The Swahili House Download PDF
Chapter  56:  The Future of Swahili Monuments Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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