The Swahili World

The Swahili World

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 738 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 81 black & white halftones, 47 black & white line drawings
  • 1138913464
  • 9781138913462

About Stephanie Wynne-Jones

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 more

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 monumentsshow more