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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Indo-African Cultural Relations
Author:Virmani, K.K.ISNI
Periodical:Indian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:East Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Historically, East Africa provided a homogeneous atmosphere for the breeding of a composite culture where Arab and Indian traders supplemented each other in the economic activities of the region. Arab rulers of Zanzibar encouraged Indian traders and entrusted them with responsible positions in the government. While the Indian contribution to financial and commercial activities in East Africa was substantial, socially and religiously Indians tended to remain a closed community. The contribution of Indian Muslims in terms of religion to the Swahili culture has been imperceptible. From the linguistic point of view, borrowings from the Indian languages (Hindi/Gujarati) do confirm the infiltration of Indian, especially Hindu, culture into the Swahili style of life. Afro-Indian collaboration in the field of education and training has been continued after independence, and relations between India and the countries of East Africa have become more widespread, extending to joint ventures in industry and commerce and projects to promote technological cooperation. Ref.