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Title:Knowledge, renewal and religion: repositioning and changing ideological and material circumstances among the Swahili on the East African Coast
Editor:Larsen, KjerstiISNI
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
ISBN:9171066357; 9789171066350
Geographic terms:East Africa
social change
indigenous knowledge
conference papers (form)
External link:http://nai.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:275690/fulltext01
Abstract:This volume is the result of the sixth Swahili conference, which was held in Oslo in 2005. The volume examines the concepts of knowledge, religion and cosmology in relation to recent ideological and political changes in Swahili culture and society. The papers reveal that the Swahili of the East African coast are experiencing worsening economic, political and social conditions. In these circumstances, Islam is re-invoked as a source of knowledge that explains the current changes and gives directions for coping with them. Contributions: Introduction (Kjersti Larsen); Kilwa and the Swahili towns: reflections from an archaeological perspective (Felix Chami); Towards a paradigm of Swahili religious knowledge: some observations (Farouk Topan); Royal ancestors and social change in the Majunga area: northwest Madagascar 19th-20th centuries (Marie Pierre Ballarin); Societal change and Swahili spirit possession (Linda L. Giles); Contested interpretations of Muslim poetries, legitimacy and daily life politics (Francesca Declich); 'Siku ya Arafa' and the 'Idd el-Hajj': knowledge, ritual and renewal in Tanzania (Gerard C. van de Bruinhorst); Narratives of democracy and dominance in Zanzibar (Greg Cameron); 'Baraza' as markers of time in Zanzibar (Roman Loimeier); The impact of religious knowledge and the concept of 'Dini wal Duniya' in urban Zanzibari life-style (Mohamed Ahmed Saleh); Understanding modernity/ies: the idea of a moral community on Mafia island, Tanzania (Pat Caplan); The role of Islam in the political and social perceptions of the Waswahili of Lamu (Assibi A. Amidu); 'In the olden days we kept slaves': layers of memory and present practices (Ulla Vuorela); Wonders of the exotic: Chinese formula medicines on the East African coast (Elisabeth Hsu). [ASC Leiden abstract]