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Title:The global worlds of the Swahili: interfaces of Islam, identity and space in 19th and 20th-century East Africa
Editors:Loimeier, RomanISNI
Seesemann, RüdigerISNI
Series:Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung
City of publisher:Münster
Publisher:Lit Verlag
ISBN:3825897699; 9783825897697
Geographic term:East Africa
Abstract:The multidisciplinary essays in this volume are the product of nearly five years of collaborative research at the 'Kulturwissenschaftliches Forschungskolleg 560', 'Lokales Handeln in Afrika im Kontext globaler Einflüsse' at the University of Bayreuth. The authors try to create a perspective which captures the transitory, shifting and plural character of East African societies, world views and identities. The world of the Swahili people, Muslim descendants of immigrants in various East African countries, has also been shaped by connections with other geographical spaces and cultural spheres, not least Arabia and the influence of Islam, the Indian Ocean and Europe. The essays demonstrate the interaction of local culture, Islam, colonialism, the postcolonial period and globalization. The volume contains contributions by Roman Loimeier and Rüdiger Seesemann (Introduction), Abdul Sheriff (maritime commerce in the Indian Ocean), Leif Manger (Yemenis in southern Somalia and Ethiopia), Farouk Topan (the Swahili 'paradox'), Katrin Bromber (Tanganyikan newspapers), David Parkin (art and dances in Zanzibar), Roman Loimeier ('ulama' and the State in Zanzibar), Magnus Echtler (New Year's festival in Makunduchi, Zanzibar), Michael Lambek (Islam in the Comoro Archipelago), Hanni Nuotio ('maulidi' festivities in Zanzibar), Kai Kresse ('maulidi' celebrations along the Kenyan Swahili coast), Rüdiger Seesemann (Islam in Kenya), Valerie J. Hoffman (Abd al-Aziz b. Abd al-Ghani al-Amawi, a Somali scholar and diplomat in Zanzibar), Anne K. Bang (Tahir b. Abi Bakr al-Amawi, qadi of Zanzibar), Hassan Mwakimako ('ulama' in colonial Kenya), Chanfi Ahmed (Sufi networks in East Africa), Amina Ameir Issa (Qadiri scholars in Zanzibar) and Mohamed Bakari (Sayyid Omar Abdalla of Zanzibar). [ASC Leiden abstract]