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Title:The Medieval Foundations of East African Islam. Part One
Author:Pouwels, Randall L.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:Islamic history
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/217437
Abstract:In the interpretations of early coastal history the Africans are viewed essentially as a subdued race whose cultures are passive and whose religions are inferior to that of the Arabs. The analysis offered here is based on a series of new assumptions and principles: 1) the Middle East contribution to coastal Islam was not the transfer of people but the introduction of a religious view that there is only one God, and 2) coastal Muslims are predominantly of African ancestry, both physically and culturally. Notes.