Prof. Dr. Marina Tolmacheva

Essays in Swahili geographical thought.

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

The essays offered here originated in a series of conference papers presented over the years at various professional meetings. In the time elapsed since the first of them was offered at the meeting ofthe UNESCO Commission on the History of Geographical Thought (1988), new important works on Swahili history and language have appeared which demonstrate a variety of productive approaches to the problems of Swahili cultural and ethnic history In a publication such as the Swahili Forum it may be appropriate to recognize the steps made, to acknowledge the advances achieved, and to identify the needs remaining John Middleton`s (1992) well-received book presents a thorough and authmitative analysis of the social, economic, and spatial structures which evolved in the international setting of the East African coast Jarnes de Vere Alien`s posthumously published study (1992) pursues the questions of historic identity of the Swahili and of the political styles developed in the process of interaction of Arab-Islamic and African elements of coastal culture The special role of Islam in the formation and dynamics of Swahili city-states` elites has been analyzed slightly earlier by Randall L Pouwels (1987) Pouwels also has addressed coastal historiography in a series of articles some of which are cited in the following essays The fundamental study of the Swahili language by Derek Nurse and Thomas Hinnebusch (1993) revises and elaborates the possibilities of relating the chronology of the development of Swahili to the history of the Bantu-speaking coastal societies, raised in the earlier works singly or jointly by Derek Nurse and Thomas Spear New editions of Swahili texts make available, sometimes for the first time, to African and Western scholars alike, the synchronic nanatives indispensable for historical accuracy of our interpretations (Omar & Frankl 1990, I olmacheva 1993)

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 2.1995
Swahili, regionale Geographie, Swahili Küste
Swahili, Geography, Swahili coast
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Afrikaforschung
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleWashington State University
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Erstveröffentlichungjahr der Druckausgabe1995
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)15.10.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-95207
QuelleSwahili Forum; 2 (1995), S. 1-40

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