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Title:A second special issue on the Maji Maji war
Editor:Koponen, JuhaniISNI
Periodical:Tanzania Zamani: A Journal of Historical Research & Writing (ISSN 0856-6518)
City of publisher:Dar es Salaam
Publisher:KAPSEL Educational Publications
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:Maji Maji uprising
Abstract:The papers in this special issue of 'Tanzania Zamani' were earlier presented at a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in August 2007, as part of the national centenary commemoration of the Maji Maji war. In the opening article, Juhani Koponen presents a reinterpretation of the causes, course and consequences of the Maji Maji war of 1905-1907. The author argues that, in the course of time, the nature of the war changed from a broad-based socioreligious movement to a more political and strategic one. Musa Sadock examines the role of the Maji Maji war in the emergence and spread of diseases in the southeastern part of German East Africa. The third article by Balla Masele reflects on the broader implications of the Maji Maji war, especially the defeat ultimately suffered by Africans at the hands of the German colonial forces. The final article, by Lilian Temu Osaki, uses the Maji Maji episode to address the question of whether or not historical and literary works are fundamentally different in nature. It examines the similarities and differences between the historical records of the war by John Iliffe and and G.C.K. Gwassa, and two literary texts, a play by Ebrahim Hussein ('Kinjeketile') and a poem 'Utenzi wa vita vya Maji Maji' (Poem about the Maji Maji war) by Abdul Karim Jamaliddin. [ASC Leiden abstract]