The Customs of the Swahili People

The Desturi Za Waswahili of Mtoro Bin Mwinyi Bakari and other Swahili Persons (Hermeneutics, Studies in the History of Religions (1980- ).)
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University of California Press
Anthropology, Ethnic studies, Manners And Customs, Sociology, Swahili-speaking peoples, Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General, General, Religion / General, Social life and cu
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The Customs of the Swahili People: The Desturi Za Waswahili of Mtoro Bin Mwinyi Bakari and other Swahili Persons (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) [Mtoro, Bin Mwinyi Bakari, Allen, J.W.T.] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Customs of the Swahili People: The Desturi Za Waswahili of Mtoro Bin Mwinyi Bakari and other Swahili Persons Cited by:   Swahili People: Language, Culture, City States & Symbols The Swahili people are made up of aroundpeople who also go by the name of Waswahili.

This culture has been around for thousands of years, dating back to at least AD when a Greek traveller wrote about the inhabitants and culture he found when he visited a place in East : Fadamana.

The Swahili people are fascinating, with a rich and The Customs of the Swahili People book culture which remains a mystery to many outside of Eastern Africa, where this ethnic and cultural group originates.

From a distinctive language to popular customers and modes of living, here is a complete guide to all you ever wanted to know about the Swahili and Waswahili people.

Swahili culture is the culture of the Swahili people inhabiting the Swahili littoral area encompasses Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique, as well as the adjacent islands of Zanzibar and Comoros and some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and speak Swahili as their native language, which belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.

whether there is a uniquely “Swahili” identity and culture, what characterizes the relationship of the Swahili Coast (and residents) with mainland Africa, and how what we now call the Swahili Coast and Swahili people have been affected by geographic, regional, and global factors.

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Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). even sociology, knowledge of Swahili and its many varieties is essential if one is working in the East African region. There are many benefits of knowing the Swahili language, including the fact that it serves as a good vehicle to accessing Swahili culture.

Swahili has a long written tradition and remarkable history. Finally, knowing Swahili. Swahili now contains many English words and has become the lingua franca of much of East Africa, spoken by more than million people. Source: Microsoft Encarta Africana.

© Microsoft. Vaulted Ceiling with Inset Persian Glazed Bowls, Songo Mnara. Stephanie Wynne-Jones/Jeffrey Fleisher, The major wealth of the Swahili coast culture of the 11thth century was based on international trade; but the non-elite people of the villages along the coastline were farmers and fishers, who participated in the trade in a much less straightforward way.

Popular Swahili dishes include biriani, mseto, vitumbua, haluwa, kaimati, mshikaki, mahamri, pilau, boko boko. Swahili time starts at 6 a.m. Like many African cultures, Swahili culture dictates that the telling of time begins at 6 a.m. So double check if you’re told to arrive somewhere at a specific time, as you may need to tack on six hours.

Wa-swahili, or “shore people”, designates the inhabitants of the East African coastline, and signifies above all a culture with a common language, Kiswahili, and the same religion, Islam. Arab-Persian geographers referred to the inhabitants of the East African coast as the Zanj. Book Description.

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,year sweep of history, from the first settlement of the coast to the complex urban tradition found there today. The Customs of the Swahili People. Berkeley: University of California Press, Caplan, Patricia. I really love all this culture and history about the Swahili People.

I read a book and it had people like this in it, and now I really want to go to Africa and meet some of these people. I am doing a report on them and this really helped. For centuries, the Swahili Coast has combined the traditions of Africa, Arabia and India.

This tantalizing mix is best exemplified by the craftsmanship of the Swahili people. Get this from a library. The customs of the Swahili people: the Desturi za Waswahili of Mtoro bin Mwinyi Bakari and other Swahili persons.

[Mtoro bin Mwinyi Bakari; J W T Allen]. Learn Swahili through conversations Karibu (welcome!) This coastal language is the native tongue of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Kenya, but it is also a means of communication across Southeast Africa.

Have Swahili, will travel. As regards the formation of the Swahili culture and language, some scholars attribute these phenomena to the intercourse of African and Asiatic people on the coast of East Africa. The word "Swahili" was used by early Arab visitors to the coast and it means "the coast".

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Ultimately it came to be applied to the people and the language. Swahili Civilization flourished from around 11th-century CE to the 16th-century CE on the eastern coast of Africa.

Commerce helped this culture to thrive, as well as the spread of Islam and the. Culture Trip expands on some widely held local traditions and customs to help keep visitors on the right side of social etiquette.

Keep your left hand to yourself Tanzanians only eat with their right hand and when partaking in a meal, especially of the more traditional variety, guests are expected to do the same. Swahili - Kinship, Marriage, and Family There is a wide variation in forms of descent and kin group among the Swahili settlements.

Country-towns are divided into moieties, and these into wards or quarters. The wards, composed of clusters of cognatically. The name Swahili literally means "coast," and is the name given to several people groups that share a common culture (Uswahili), language (Kiswahili), and religion (Islam).

Though others call them "Swahili" they prefer to be named according to their local settlements. One of the Swahili peoples in Tanzania is the Tumbato Swahili. Cultural/Ethnology: The Customs of the Swahili People: The Desturi za Waswahili of Mtoro Bin Mwinyi Bakari.

Allen, ed John Middleton. Yale University. Search for more papers by this author. John Middleton. Yale University. Search for more papers by this author.

First published: June Classical Swahili Poetry: the Utenzi tradition. Swahili poetry has a long and rich history among the Swahili people of the East African coast, predating the emergence of other literary genres by several l to this poetic tradition was the utenzi or utendi, which is usually translated as epic or poetic works characteristically were quite lengthy and, in the.

Swahili is spoken by an estimated 90 million people in Africa alone, and is the most widely-spoken African language. It is the national language of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and the DRC, and is used as the “lingua franca” throughout East and Southeast Africa. Today, religion and with it, kind of self-imposed social isolation maintain Swahili culture as a fixture of the Swahili Coast.

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Language Kiswahili is the mother tongue of the Swahili people, and. It is extremely useful for the traveller to have a working knowledge of Swahili, especially outside the urban areas and in remote parts of the country.

Swahili Online Dictionary Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, with 50 million speakers in East Africa and Central Africa, particularly in Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Kenya. Although the exact number of Swahili speakers is unknown, sources report over million people speak Swahili as either their mother-tongue or a second language.

However, Swahili is not merely a language—Swahili culture is an inherent component of many Tanzanians’ lives. The Swahili Culture has developed over a thousand years via the amalgamation of various cultures. Mainly however it developed as a result of the native Bantu tribes that encountered the Arabs who set up trading outposts that resulted in the furthe.

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.

Social life and customs; Filed under: Swahili-speaking peoples -- Social life and customs. The Way the World Is: Cultural Processes and Social Relations Among the Mombasa Swahili (Berkeley: University of California Press, ), by Marc J.

Swartz (HTML at UC Press) Items below (if. Swahili language, also called kiSwahili, or Kiswahili, Bantu language spoken either as a mother tongue or as a fluent second language on the east coast of Africa in an area extending from Lamu Island, Kenya, in the north to the southern border of Tanzania in the south.

(The Bantu languages form a subgroup of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family.).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.“The story of Swahili is one of globalization, cosmopolitanism, and creolization over the past years.

This book will stand on the shelf next to works such as Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic and Abdul Sheriff’s Dhow Cultures of the Indian Ocean: Cosmopolitanism, Commerce and Islam.”.

Emmanuel Akyeampong, professor of history and of African and African American studies, Harvard University.