Swahili Cosmopolitanism in Africa and the Indian Ocean World, A.D. 600–1500

  title={Swahili Cosmopolitanism in Africa and the Indian Ocean World, A.D. 600–1500},
  author={A. Laviolette},
Coastal peoples who lived along the Eastern African seaboard in the first millennium A.D. onwards began converting to Islam in the mid-eighth century. Clearly rooted in and linked throughout to an indigenous regional Iron Age tradition, they created a marked difference between themselves and their regional neighbors through their active engagement with Islam and the expanding Indian Ocean world system. In this paper I explore three ways in which interrelated cultural norms—an aesthetic… Expand
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