The Rise and Fall of Swahili States
The Swahili civilization was a fascinating and complex system_a group of advanced cultures with large economic networks, international maritime trade, and urban sophistication. This book documents the growth of Swahili civilization on the eastern coast of Africa, from 100 B.C. to the time of European colonialism in the sixteenth century. Using archaeological, anthropological, and historical information, Chapurukha M. Kusimba describes the origins of this unique and powerful culture, including its Islamic components, architecture, language, and trading systems. Incorporating the results of his own surveys and excavations, Kusimba provides us with a remarkable African-derived study of the rise and collapse of societies on the Swahili Coast.
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Foreword by Joseph O Vogel
The Place of the Swahili Coast in the World
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Anthropology Arab archaeological Archaeology architecture areas Barawa Barbosa beads centers ceramics Chittick Coastal towns colonial communities complex coral crucible steel developed diverse domestic early East African Coast eastern Africa economic elite ethnic excavations exchange External Origin Theory farmers farming fishing foragers foreign Freeman-Grenville groups hinterland Horton houses immigrants important Indian Ocean indigenous inhabitants interior iron ironworking Islam Island ivory Kenya Kenya Coast Kilwa King Kirkman Kusimba Kwale Lamu Lamu archipelago land Malindi markets merchants Mijikenda Mogadishu Mombasa mosques Mozambique Mtwapa Muslim Mutoro Nairobi Nurse and Spear Omani Oromo pastoralists Pate period Persian political population Portuguese pottery production region ritual River rural Sabaki Segeju settlements Shanga slaves social society Sofala Somali Somalia southern Stigand stone structures suggests sun-dried clay Swahili civilization Swahili Coast Swahili culture Swahili language Tana Tanzania tion tombs trading partners traditional transhumant Ungwana urban villages walls wares Waungwana wealth Zanzibar