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The Swahili World presents the fascinating story of a major world civilization, exploring the archaeology, history, linguistics, and anthropology of the Indian Ocean coast of Africa. It covers a 1,500-year sweep of history, from the first settlement of the coast to the complex urban tradition found there today. Swahili towns contain monumental palaces, tombs, and mosques, set among more humble houses; they were home to fishers, farmers, traders, and specialists of many kinds. The towns have been Muslim since perhaps the eighth century CE, participating in international networks connecting people around the Indian Ocean rim and beyond. Successive colonial regimes have helped shape modern Swahili society, which has incorporated such influences into the region's long-standing cosmopolitan tradition.





This is the first volume to explore the Swahili in chronological perspective. Each chapter offers a unique wealth of detail on an aspect of the region's past, written by the leading scholars on the subject. The result is a book that allows both specialist and non-specialist readers to explore the diversity of the Swahili tradition, how Swahili society has changed over time, as well as how our understandings of the region have shifted since Swahili studies first began.





Scholars of the African continent will find the most nuanced and detailed consideration of Swahili culture, language and history ever produced. For readers unfamiliar with the region or the people involved, the chapters here provide an ideal introduction to a new and wonderful geography, at the interface of Africa and the Indian Ocean world, and among a people whose culture remains one of Africa's most distinctive achievements.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 44.45mm | 1,542g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 47 Line drawings, black and white; 81 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138913464
  • 9781138913462
  • 1,912,516

Table of contents

List of Figures





List of Tables





Maps





Preface





Note on Terminology





Contributors








1





LaViolette and Wynne-Jones





The Swahili world





Section I: Environment, background, and Swahili historiography








Environment


2


Lane & Breen


The eastern African coastal landscape


3





Pollard





Resources of the ocean fringe and the archaeology of the medieval Swahili








Studying the Swahili world


4


Sutton


The eastern African coast: researching its history and archaeology


5


Ray


Defining the Swahili


6








Raaum, Williams, Kusimba, Monge Morris, & Mohammed





Decoding Swahili genetic ancestry











Contextualising the Swahili


7


Boivin and Crowther


Early connections


8





Walsh





The Swahili language and its early history





Section II: The Swahili age








Origins and early emporia


9


Horton & Chami


Swahili origins


10


Coppola


Swahili oral traditions and chronicles


11


Kusimba


Manda


12


Fleisher


Tumbe, Kimimba and Bandari Kuu


13


Juma


Unguja Ukuu


14





Sinclair & Ekblom





Chibuene








Swahili urbanism


15


Sinclair


Urbanism


16


Fleisher


Town and village


17


Qin & Ding


Mambrui and Malindi


18


Horton


Shanga


19


Pawlowicz


Gede


20





Kusimba, Williams, Monge, Mohammed, Oka, Oteyo, Kusimba, and Dussubieux


Mtwapa





21


LaViolette


Pemba


22


Fitton


Zanzibar


23


Christie


Mafia


24


Wynne-Jones


Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara


25


Pawlowicz


Mikindani and the southern coast


26


Wright


The Comoros and their early history


27


Wright


The Comoros 1000 - 1350 CE


28





Radimilahy





Mahilaka








Daily life


29


Wynne-Jones


The social composition of Swahili society


30


Mapunda


Metalworking on Swahili sites


31


LaViolette


Craft and industry


32





Quintana Morales & Prendergast


Animals in the Swahili world





33








Walshaw & Stoetzel








Plant use and the creation of anthropogenic landscapes: coastal forestry and farming








Trade and connectivity


34








Beaujard








The progressive integration of eastern Africa into an Afro-Eurasian world-system, first-fifteenth centuries CE


35


Gilbert


Eastern Africa and the dhow trade


36


Walz


Early inland entanglement in the Swahili world, c. 750-1550 CE


37


Kusimba & Kusimba


Mosaics and interconnectivity


38


Oka


Links with India


39





Zhao & Qin





Links with China








Objects of exchange


40


Pallaver


Currencies of the Swahili world


41


Wood


Glass beads and Indian Ocean trade


42











Priestman











Quantitative evidence for early long-distance exchange in eastern Africa: the consumption volume of ceramic imports








Swahili architecture


43


Horton


Islamic architecture of the Swahili coast


44


Gensheimer


Swahili houses


Section III: The early modern and modern Swahili coast








Colonial domination and the rise of Zanzibar


45


Prestholdt


Navigating the early modern world: Swahili polities and the continental-oceanic interface


46


Sheriff


Zanzibar old town


47








Biginagwa and Mapunda








The Kilwa - Nyasa caravan route: the long-neglected trading corridor in southern Tanzania








The contemporary coast


48





Bang





Islam in the Swahili world: Connected authorities


49


Marshall & Kiriama


The legacy of slavery on the Swahili coast


50


Caplan


Life in Swahili villages


51


Bissell


The modern life of Swahili stonetowns


52





Hillewaert





Identity and belonging on the contemporary Swahili coast: the case of Lamu


53


Abungu


Pate


54


Kiriama


Mombasa


55


Meier


The Swahili house: a historical ethnography of modernity


56


Abungu, Ali, and Mchulla


The future of Swahili monuments
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About Adria LaViolette

Adria LaViolette is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Virginia. Her interest in the Swahili coast began in 1987 while teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since then she has conducted archaeological research on the Tanzanian mainland coast and on Pemba and Zanzibar islands. She has been Editor-in-Chief of African Archaeological Review since 2009.





Stephanie Wynne-Jones is currently Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, affiliated with Uppsala University. She has been Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of York since 2011 and is a core group member of the Centre for Network Evolutions at Aarhus University (DNRF119). She has conducted archaeological research on the Swahili coast since 2000, in Kenya, Tanzania, and on the Zanzibar archipelago.
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