Swahili Origins: Swahili Culture & the Shungwaya Phenomenon

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J. Currey, 1993 - Africa, Eastern - 272 pages
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

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