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Title:Social and moral concepts in Swahili Islamic literature
Author:Knappert, J.ISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:Swahili language
literature (form)
poetry & literature
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159569
Abstract:The Swahili Islamic literature is of two kinds: 1. didactic literature, mainly in prose, in which rules of conduct are given by Islamic teachers - 2. the narrative, legendary literature, mainly in verse, in which many social and moral concepts may be found, either expressed in a straightforward didactic form, as versified proverbs, or as it were by implication, in which case the underlying ideas can be made explicit by extrapolation. In this attempt to set out the ideas of morality and of the structure of society, a picture of the moral concepts of Swahili authors is given, discussed under the headings: 1. The ideal concept of society - 2. Social structure - 3. The place of women - 4. Moral obligallons - 5. Morally reprehensible acts: the behaviour of the villain - 6. Islamic cosmology and how this world view functions in society as a regulatory mechanism. Ref., French summary.