Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the Mijikenda (Oxford Studies in African Affairs)

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This is a history of the Kenyan city of Mombasa and its surrounding settlements from the mid-nineteenth century to the height of colonial rule in the 1930s. Justin Willis sets out to place the island and town of Mombasa in its African context, incorporating the findings of recent historical and anthropological research. Willis examines the institutions and social networks which simultaneously united and divided the people of the region before the colonial period, demonstrating both their interdependence and the creation of distinct population categories. This is a radical re-interpretation of the history of Mombasa and its hinterland, based on thorough archival research. It offers valuable insights into the nature of ethnic identity, and makes an important contribution to the growing body of scholarly work on the African city.

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"This is an engrossing work of urban and social history that details the changing ties that bound the city of Mombasa and its hinterland in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century."--American Historical Review


"Willis effectively combines traditional colonial archival sources with a rich collection of oral testimonies to produce this innovative study. Highly recommended."--CHOICE


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