Swahili Origins: Swahili Culture and the Shungwaya Phenomenon (Eastern African Studies)

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Kiswahili has become the lingua franca of eastern Africa and yet the history of the Swahili peoples has remained elusive. Some have described themselves as Arabs, as Persians, or even in one place as Portuguese. This book is James de Vere Allen's major study of the origin of the Swahili peoples and their cultural identity. North America: Ohio U Press; Kenya: EAEP

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An essential volume for Swahili specialists: a challenging book for many other Africanists... (de Vere Allen's) influence on our understanding of the history of the East African coast has been enormous...His knowledge of the documentary sources on coastal history was breathtaking and the book is a bibliographical treasure-trove... - Justin Willis in AFRICAN AFFAIRS His argument is well constructed, based on many decades during which he gathered and analyzed oral data; re-thought the classical Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, and Swahili documents; re-examined the findings of archaeology and anthropology; and applied his own version of common sense. JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY

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