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Relating Muscat to Mombasa

Spatial Tropes in the Kinship Narratives of an Extended Family Network in Oman

Zulfikar Hirji

This study calls for a reintegration of space and relatedness in anthropological theories of social formation. It is based on the examination of spatial tropes in the kinship narratives and discursive practices of an extended Swahili-speaking family network historically located between Oman and coastal East Africa.

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“Going vertical” in times of insecurity

Constructing proximity and distance through a Kenyan gated high-rise

Zoë Goodman

, Swahili, and Arab descent ( Prestholdt 2011 ; Seesemann 2007 ). Areas of the country that have long hosted large numbers of these racialized Muslim communities have come to be imagined as harboring “terrorists,” increasingly avoided and depopulated by

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Mohamed Assaf and Kate Clanchy

of lined A4 in 20 minutes as Mohamed listened to Azfa Awad, a Somali poet, give a workshop in Swahili, seemingly stimulated by the rhythms of her speech and by her own refugee poems written on the board in English. Nor has my translation process

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Uneasy Entanglements

Solar Energy Development in Zanzibar

Erin Dean

heritage, which play out in dramatic and divisive political theatre. Scholars of the Swahili people of the East African coast have emphasized that Swahili identity construction is complex and politically contested ( Mazrui and Shariff 1994 ; Spear 2000

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Nik Farrell Fox and Bryan Mukandi

with my own reading of Fanon, there were some moments of dissonance for me while reading Gordon’s text, the most significant of which related to négritude and Africa’s past. When Gordon writes that ‘whatever the Swahili term uhuru and the Ngugi one

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Staying out of Place

The Being and Becoming of Burundian Refugees in the Camp and the City

Simon Turner

, and Eastleigh, among Swahili traders, Congolese and Somalis. They were often Muslims from Bujumbura and they were embedding themselves in the present, tailoring, hairdressing, and trying to hide their Burundian identity, in much the same way that the

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The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

(“civilization” in Swahili), adat (“indigenous” in Indonesian), and aqalliyya (“minority” in Arabic). Anthropology’s global approach meets conceptual history’s well-developed methodology. Common issues like historical discontinuity, cultural translation, and

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Looking for the child soldier

The judicial investigation in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Milena Jakšić

(MONUC) and information provided by local NGOs and Congolese human rights activists. 13 A country expert recruited by the OTP, originally from Congo and fluent in Swahili, was in constant contact with the local NGOs. Based on this set of reports, Lavigne

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Competing Visions

The Visual Culture of the Congo Free State and Fin de Siècle Europe

Matthew G. Stanard

Positive imagery of European action in central Africa stood in sharp contrast to the trope of violence that developed early on, namely that of the “east coast Arab slaver” who preyed on Africans. So-called Arabs were in reality of Zanzibari or Arab-Swahili

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Transfers at a Crossroads

An Anthropological Perspective

Noel B. Salazar

Indonesian and Swahili. Unfortunately, the brutal slashing of doctoral funding means that even anthropology students do not have the opportunity anymore to immerse themselves in a new language. Times were once (very) different. When I studied philosophy in