Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - The World of the Swahili by John Middleton

The Swahili of East Africa have a long and distinctive history as a literate, Muslim, urban, and mercantile society. This book presents an 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 1000 mile East African coast. Because each local community is culturally different from its neighbours, 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 their unique identity enables them to persist as an ongoing civilization.

Buy The World of the Swahili by John Middleton from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780300060805
ISBN-10: 0300060807
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - The World of the Swahili by John Middleton

Book Reviews - The World of the Swahili by John Middleton

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about World of the Swahili book by John Middleton and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Books By John Middleton

Kikuyu and Kamba of Kenya by John Middleton
Hardback, January 2017
Tribes Without Rulers by John Middleton
Paperback, December 2014
Spirit Mediumship and Society in Africa by John Middleton
Paperback, May 2013
Witchcraft and Sorcery in East Africa by John Middleton
Paperback, March 2013