The Story of Swahili
Africa in World History
Published by: Ohio University Press
332 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780896802933
- Published: July 2015
Swahili was once an obscure dialect of an East African Bantu language. Today more than one hundred million people use it: Swahili is to eastern and central Africa what English is to the world.
“The story of Swahili is one of globalization, cosmopolitanism, and creolization over the past 500 years. This book will stand on the shelf next to works such as Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic and Abdul Sheriff’s Dhow Cultures of the Indian Ocean: Cosmopolitanism, Commerce and Islam.” ~Emmanuel Akyeampong, professor of history and of African and African American studies, Harvard University