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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Historical texts from the Swahili coast
Author:Nurse, DerekISNI
Year:1994
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Issue:37
Pages:47-85
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Swahili
migration
oral history
history
1500-1599
1600-1699
Abstract:Between 1977 and 1980 the author collected a number of Swahili texts on the northern coast of Kenya. Many of these texts refer to migrations from 'Shungwaya'. The details of the period at 'Shungwaya', of its exact location, of the reasons for the diaspora, and of the different migrations south of 'Shungwaya' are still disputed today. By collecting and analysing the still extant oral traditions relating to 'Shungwaya', the author sheds some light on the late 16th and early 17th-century history of the area between the Juba River in southern Somalia and the Tana River in northern Kenya referred to as 'Shungwaya'. The texts presented here, in Swahili and English, include one text in the Mwiini dialect, four texts in the Bajuni dialect and one text from the Siu clans. Bibliogr.
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