The World of the Swahili: An African Mercantile Civilization
The Swahili of East Africa have a long and distinctive history as a literate, Muslim, urban, and mercantile society. In this book a leading Africanist presents the first full-length anthropological account of the Swahili and offers an original analysis of their little-understood and unusual culture. Swahili towns, some urban with elegant stone buildings and others more rural with palm-leaf-matting houses, are spread along the thousand-mile East African coast. Because each local community is culturally different from its neighbors, previous historians and anthropologists have viewed the Swahili as a series of isolated and "detribalized" groups. John Middleton argues, on the contrary, that beneath the cultural variation is a single structure, that of a well-defined and complex trading society that has shown little change through the ages. Drawing on his own field research and on earlier writings on the Swahili, Middleton describes this centuries-old mercantile culture--its local and descent groupings, marriage patterns, religion, and values. He traces the history of their colonized past as subjects to Arabs, portuguese, British, and others and shows that, although their economic and political role has continually been a subordinate one, their sense of unique identity enables then to persist as an ongoing civilization.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
List of Illustrations
Kinship Descent and Family
Other editions - View all
Achten African Alltag ancestry andere anderen angenehme Arab Arbeit Aufmerksamkeit Ausatmen Ausgleich Beispiel Belastung Belastungen Bewältigung Bewertungen bitte bride century coast country-towns cultural daughter deﬁned descent groups dhows eigene eigenen einzelnen einzelner Entspannung Erholung erst ethnic ﬁrst führen Gedanken Gefühl geht Gesundheit Gruppe Hadhrami Hadimu halten häufig houses immigrants Islamic island jamaa jetzt Kilwa Kognitionen kommt können Kopf Körper körperliche Kursleiter Lamu lassen lineage machen marriage Matondoni Menschen mercantile Mijikenda möglich möglichst Mombasa mosque Muskeln Muslim ndani nehmen neue non-Swahili oder ofﬁcials Omani parallel-cousin Pate patrician patrilineal persönliche purity rites ritual rulers Schritt settlements Situationen Siyu slaves social soll sollen sollte sowie Spannung stone-towns Stress Stressreaktion Stressreaktionen subclans Sultanate Swahili society Swahili towns Teilnehmer trade Trainingsmodul tumbo Übung Übungen ukoo Verhalten viele waqf wedding weiter weniger wichtig wieder women Zanzibar Zanzibar City Zeit Ziel Zusam