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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:Historical Texts from the Swahili Coast
Author:Nurse, D.
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:History - General
History - precolonial
Abstract:A number of Swahili texts were collected on the northern coast of Kenya. Many of these texts refer to migrations from 'Shungwaya'. The details of the period at 'Shungwaya', of its exact location, of the reasons for the diaspora, and of the different migrations south of 'Shungwaya' are still disputed today. By collecting and analysing the still extant oral traditions relating to 'Shungwaya', some light is shed on the late 16th and early 17th-century history of the area between the Juba River in southern Somalia and the Tana River in northern Kenya referred to as 'Shungwaya'. The texts presented here, in Swahili and English, include one text in the Mwiini dialect, four texts in the Bajuni dialect and one text from the Siu clans. (Source: ASC Documentation).