Literatur/Book Reviews / Die Welt des Islams 49 (2009) 122-161 137 The Global Worlds of the Swahili: Interfaces of Islam, Identity and Space in 19 th and 20 th - Century East Africa . By Roman Loimeier & Rüdiger Seesemann (eds.). Berlin: Lit 2006 (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Vol. 26). x + 409 pp., ISBN 3-8258-9769-9. € 34, 90. Bringing together nineteen scholars from various academic and national backgrounds, the volume The Global Worlds of the Swahili edited by Roman Loimeier (University of Florida) and Rüdiger Seesemann (Northwestern University) sets out to break away from descriptions of the East African Swahili Coast as an homogenous cultural ar- chipelago, emphasizing instead the ‘transitory, shifting and plural character of Swahili history, society and worldviews’ as the editors write in their introduction. One of the main reasons why the book succeeds in this goal is through the remarkable attention to the multiple processes of negotiation and debate characterizing Muslim life along the East African coast. This attention for the dynamic and continuous negotiation and re-negotiation of what is considered to be proper Islamic practice in diﬀerent geographical and historical contexts is dealt with both at the ethnographic as well as the conceptual
Die Welt des Islams – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
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