The Rise and Fall of Swahili States

The Rise and Fall of Swahili States


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The Rise and Fall of Swahili States by Chapurukha M. Kusimba

The Swahili civilization was a fascinating and complex system_a group of advanced cultures with large economic networks, international maritime trade, and urban sophistication. This book documents the growth of Swahili civilization on the eastern coast of Africa, from 100 B.C. to the time of European colonialism in the sixteenth century. Using archaeological, anthropological, and historical information, Chapurukha M. Kusimba describes the origins of this unique and powerful culture, including its Islamic components, architecture, language, and trading systems. Incorporating the results of his own surveys and excavations, Kusimba provides us with a remarkable African-derived study of the rise and collapse of societies on the Swahili Coast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761990512
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 03/31/1999
Series: African Archaeology Series , #1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

The Field Museum, Chicago

Table of Contents

chapter 1 Foreword by Joseph O. Vogel chapter 2 Preface chapter 3 Acknowledgments chapter 4 1.The Place of the Swahili Coast in the World chapter 5 2. The Archaeology of the Swahili Coast chapter 6 3. The Swahili Coast chapter 7 4. Before the Swahili States chapter 8 5. The Swahili Civilization chapter 9 6. The Colonial Period and Demise of the Swahili States chapter 10 7. Conclusions chapter 11 Afterword chapter 12 Index chapter 13 About the Author

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