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Three Swahili Women : Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya - Sarah M. Mirza

Three Swahili Women

Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya

By: Sarah M. Mirza (Editor), Margaret Strobel (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd May 1989
ISBN: 9780253288547
Number Of Pages: 180

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"This is altogether a most worthwhile book, a fine example of a growing genre of African literature... " -- Choice

"Mirza and Strobel let these women speak about their lives in their own words, and the results are wonderful.... This is an excellent book with which to introduce students both to Africa and to life histories... " -- American Historical Review

This exploration of the lives of three Mombasa women reveals the complexity of Swahili society -- its ethnic diversity, the impact of slavery, and the varied reactions to colonialism and Western culture. They illustrate the rich interactions within the women's community, focused on family and festive or ritual occasions.

"This is altogether a most worthwhile book, a fine example of a growing genre of African literature ..." Choice "Mirza and Strobel let these women speak about their lives in their own words, and the results are wonderful... This is an excellent book with which to introduce students both to Africa and to life histories ..." American Historical Review

Preface; Glossary Introduction I: Kaje wa Mwenye Matano Introduction; Kinship Diagram; My Family; Slavery; Childhood; Husbands and Children; Adult Life II. Mishi wa Abdala Introduction; My Family; Puberty Rites, Weddings, and Lelemama; Figure 1; Figure 2 III: Shamsa Muhamad Muhashamy Introduction; My Early Life and Family; My Work in Women's Organizations Appendix: The Translation: Swahili Language and Kimvita Dialect; Notes References; Index

ISBN: 9780253288547
ISBN-10: 0253288541
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 22nd May 1989
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.07  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.26