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Title:The Swahili Manuscripts Project at SOAS, 2000-2004
Author:Baschieri, Angelica
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Geographic terms:East Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:African studies collections
Swahili language
Abstract:The Archives of the School of Oriental and African Studies hold the largest collections of Swahili manuscripts in Britain. There are about 100 original manuscripts dating from the 1790s to the 1970s, many of them in Arabic script as well as in Roman script. The manuscripts form seven collections brought together by various scholars and deposited to the SOAS library. These collections are the prime research source for the writing of the cultural and literary history of Swahili language and culture, and more generally the history of the people of the East African coast and hinterland. This article deals with the Swahili Manuscripts Project, whose aim was to create an online academic catalogue of the collections of Swahili mansucripts at SOAS. It outlines the nature of the manuscript collections, the structure of the Website (www.swahilimanuscripts.soas.ac.uk), as well as its value. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]