The Swahili: Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society, 800-1500

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1985 - History - 160 pages
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"As an introduction to how the history of an African society can be reconstructed from largely nonliterate sources, and to the Swahili in particular, . . . a model work."—International Journal of African Historical Studies

  

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Contents

Sample Language Tree
10
2 Language Tree with Sound Changes
12
The African Background of Swahili
32
Southern Cushitic Languages
34
Eastern Cushitic Languages
37
Northeastern Bantu Languages
41
Sabaki Languages
46
The Emergence of the SwahiliSpeaking Peoples
52
8 Dialects of Swahili
55
Northern Dialects of Swahili
58
Southern Dialects of Swahili
63
Rulers of Kilwa 90
64
Early Swahili Society 8001100
68
Rise of the Swahili TownStates 11001500
80
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About the author (1985)

Thomas Spear is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of "Kenya's Past: An Introduction to Historical Methods in Africa" (1981) and coeditor of "Being Maasai: Ethnicity and Identity in East Africa" (1993).

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