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Title:The Shafi ulama of East Africa, ca. 1830-1970: a hagiographic account
Editors:Farsy, Abdallah SalihISNI
Pouwels, Randall L.ISNI
Series:African primary texts; 2
City of publisher:Madison, WI
Publisher:University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Studies Program
Geographic terms:Zanzibar
East Africa
Abstract:This hagiographic account of the Shafi ''ulama' of East Africa in the period 1830-1970 contains biographical data on the following 'ulama': Sh. Muhyiddin b. Sheikh al-Qahtany al-Wa'il, Sh. Ali b. Khamis al-Barwany, Sh. Ali b. Abdallah Mazrui, Sh. Abdu'l-Aziz b. Abdu'l-Ghany al-Amawy, Sh. Abdallah Bakathir, Sh. Abdallah Bakathir II, Sh. Abdallah Bakathir III, Sayyid Ahmad b. Abu Bakr bin Sumayt, and Sayyid Ahmad b. Abu Bakr bin Sumayt II. Since each biography contains data on other 'ulama', the text includes biographic information on more than 160 individuals. The text is largely confined to the major personalities of Zanzibar, which, throughout most of the period covered, was the cultural and intellectual centre of East Africa. The editor presents a transcription of the Kiunguja Kiswahili text, as well as an English translation and an introduction on the role of Islam in the history of the East African coast. An index of 'ulama' has been added.