Swahili Culture (Studies in Swahili Languages & Literature S. No. 5a)

Swahili Culture (Studies in Swahili Languages & Literature S. No. 5a)

By: Jan Knappert (author)Hardback

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A series of essays on the culture of the people who live on the east coast of Africa between the border of Somalia in the north and the Mozambique border in the south. This book includes ways of earning a livelihood, pastimes, sailing and other occupations as well as religion. All information is the fruit of the author's own investigation of the East African coastal culture.

About Author

Dr. Jan Knappert was born in Holland and received a classical education, qualifying in six languages. Dr. Knappert holds three degrees in Oriental studies, one in Sanskrit with Indian history, Hinduism and Buddhism, one in Semitic languages with Hebrew, Arabic and Islam, and a Masters' in Austronesian studies, with Malay, Tagalog, Hawaiian and Malagasy, with highest distinction. He has specialized in the languages and literatures of Africa, studying in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Pretoria, and University of Ghent, Belgium; lectured and researched in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Zaire and Kenya; in India, Pakistan and Egypt continued Orientalist studies. As professor at the University of Louvain in Belgium he taught Oriental Art and Islamic institutions, as well as the religions and languages of Africa.


Introduction 1; Chapter One - The Geography of East Africa 7; Chapter Two - The History of East Africa 15; Chapter Three - Survey of the Swahili Coast 63; Chapter Four - The Peoples of East Africa 165; Chapter Five - Notes on Agriculture 211; Chapter Six - Arts and Crafts 231; Chapter Seven - Societal Structure 249; Chapter Eight - Marriage and Family Law 305; Chapter Nine - Religions of East Africa 347; Chapter Ten - The History of Language in Africa 413; Chapter Eleven - Swahili Literature and Scripts 439; Chapter Twelve - Swahili Prose 491; Chapter Thirteen - The Islamic Literatures of Africa 551; Chapter Fourteen - Dance and Song 595; Chapter Fifteen - Music and Instruments 615; Chapter Sixteen - Some Notes on Diseases and Swahili Remedies 623; Chapter Seventeen - Religion and Healing in Africa 647; Chapter Eighteen - The Calendar and Islamic Celebrations 667; Chapter Nineteen - A Brief Note on Swahili Astronomy 675; Chapter Twenty - Swahili Cosmology 683; Bibliography 703.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773461932
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9780773461932
  • ISBN10: 0773461930

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