Three Swahili Women

Three Swahili Women

"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.

Author: Sarah Mirza

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253115140

Category: Social Science

Page: 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.
Categories: Social Science

The Story of Swahili

The Story of Swahili

Rather, it is “women who are Swahili.” Sarah Mirza and Margaret Strobel identified the proper nuance when they translated the title of their book Three Swahili Women in English as Wanawake watatu wa Kiswahili (Three women of Swahili) ...

Author: John M. Mugane

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780896804890

Category: History

Page: 332

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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. From its embrace in the 1960s by the black freedom movement in the United States to its adoption in 2004 as the African Union’s official language, Swahili has become a truly international language. How this came about and why, of all African languages, it happened only to Swahili is the story that John M. Mugane sets out to explore. The remarkable adaptability of Swahili has allowed Africans and others to tailor the language to their needs, extending its influence far beyond its place of origin. Its symbolic as well as its practical power has evolved from its status as a language of contact among diverse cultures, even as it embodies the history of communities in eastern and central Africa and throughout the Indian Ocean world. The Story of Swahili calls for a reevaluation of the widespread assumption that cultural superiority, military conquest, and economic dominance determine a language’s prosperity. This sweeping history gives a vibrant, living language its due, highlighting its nimbleness from its beginnings to its place today in the fast-changing world of global communication.
Categories: History

Gender Justice and the Law

Gender Justice and the Law

10. Sarah Mirza and Margaret Strobel (eds.), Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa Kenya ... J. W. T. Allen (Berkeley: University of California Press); Mirza and Strobel, Three Swahili Women, 89–115, 139–44. 20.

Author: Elaine Wood

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781683932406

Category:

Page: 308

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Shaped by politics and policy, Gender Justice and the Law presents a collection of essays that contribute to understanding how theoretical practices of intersectionality relate to structures of inequality and relations formed as a result of their interaction.
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Gender Across Languages

Gender Across Languages

This is the third of a three-volume comprehensive reference work on “Gender across Languages”, which provides systematic descriptions of various categories of gender (grammatical, lexical, referential, social) in 30 languages of diverse ...

Author: Marlis Hellinger

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027296818

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 391

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This is the third of a three-volume comprehensive reference work on “Gender across Languages”, which provides systematic descriptions of various categories of gender (grammatical, lexical, referential, social) in 30 languages of diverse genetic, typological and socio-cultural backgrounds. Among the issues discussed for each language are the following: What are the structural properties of the language that have an impact on the relations between language and gender? What are the consequences for areas such as agreement, pronominalisation and word-formation? How is specification of and abstraction from (referential) gender achieved in a language? Is empirical evidence available for the assumption that masculine/male expressions are interpreted as generics? Can tendencies of variation and change be observed, and have alternatives been proposed for a more equal linguistic treatment of women and men? This volume (and the previous two volumes) will provide the much-needed basis for explicitly comparative analyses of gender across languages. All chapters are original contributions and follow a common general outline developed by the editors. The book contains rich bibliographical and indexical material. Languages of Volume 3: Czech, Danish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Oriya, Polish, Serbian, Swahili and Swedish.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Contemporary Issues in Swahili Ethnography

Contemporary Issues in Swahili Ethnography

Case studies Introducing the importance of personal life histories, Margaret Strobel, who authored a foundational study of three Swahili women in Mombasa, writes that 'in the hands of skilled scholars, these stories yield important ...

Author: Iain Walker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315280837

Category: Social Science

Page: 231

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The term ‘Swahili’ describes the Muslim peoples of the East African coast, speakers of Kiswahili or closely related languages, who have historically filled roles as middlemen and merchants, the cosmopolitan products of a trading economy between Africa and the Indian Ocean world. This collection brings together anthropologists working on the greater Swahili world and the issues it confronts, dealing with societies from southern Somalia, northern Mozambique and the Comoro Islands, to Zanzibar and Mafia. The authors discuss a range of contemporary issues such as the shifting roles of Islam on the mainland coast; consumerism, conservation, memory and belonging in Zanzibar; how a Muslim society deals with HIV/AIDS; social change, development and political strategies in the Comoros; and Swahili women in London. The diversity of these themes reflects the diversity of the Swahili world itself: despite a cohesive cultural identity built upon shared practices, religious beliefs and language, the challenges facing Swahili people are multiple and complex. This book comprises articles originally published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies along with some new chapters.
Categories: Social Science

Voices of Women Historians

Voices of Women Historians

My dissertation research , augmented by a return visit to Mombasa in the summer of 1975 , after I received my PhD , formed the basis of a second book , Three Swahili Women , Life Histories from Mombasa , Kenya ( 1989 ) .

Author: Eileen Boris

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253212758

Category: History

Page: 295

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The Coordinating Council for Women in History evolved from a cohort of women historians who turned their scholarly focus to the recovery of women's experiences. In so doing, they created and legitimated the field of women's history. The contributors to this volume, former CCWH officers, mark the 30th anniversary of the organization while commemorating three decades of feminist activism and scholarship. Recording the diverse paths women have taken to become historians, the essays contained in this book describe how a particular group of women negotiated the often competing demands of being a woman, a professional, and a political activist from the turbulent 1960s through the challenges of the 1990s. But beyond the celebration of personal and professional progress, this collection contributes to the emerging historiography of women's history and the literature on women in the professions. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Categories: History

Swahili Modernities

Swahili Modernities

This book considers the themes of modernityidentity and politics on the East African coast,and islands. This area is undergoing rapid change,as globalisation makes its impact.

Author: Patricia Caplan

Publisher: Africa Research and Publications

ISBN: UOM:39015059158348

Category: Africa, East

Page: 235

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This book considers the themes of modernityidentity and politics on the East African coast,and islands. This area is undergoing rapid change,as globalisation makes its impact. Tourismincreased monetisation, emigration and immigration,and various multinational agencies are all,significant factors. The volume also focuses on,how the Swahili language, literature and culture,have been affected by modernity and the way in,which Swahili women continue to live under the,strong social constraints that this community,place them under.
Categories: Africa, East

Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean

Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean

Carolyn FluehrLobban, Islamic Law and Society in the Sudan (London: Routledge, 1987); Sarah Mirza and Margaret Strobel, eds., Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya, trans. Mirza and Strobel (Bloomington: Indiana ...

Author: Erin E. Stiles

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780821445433

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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Muslim communities throughout the Indian Ocean have long questioned what it means to be a “good Muslim.” Much recent scholarship on Islam in the Indian Ocean considers debates among Muslims about authenticity, authority, and propriety. Despite the centrality of this topic within studies of Indian Ocean, African, and other Muslim communities, little of the existing scholarship has addressed such debates in relation to women, gender, or sexuality. Yet women are deeply involved with ideas about what it means to be a “good Muslim.” In Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean, anthropologists, historians, linguists, and gender studies scholars examine Islam, sexuality, gender, and marriage on the Swahili coast and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. The book examines diverse sites of empowerment, contradiction, and resistance affecting cultural norms, Islam and ideas of Islamic authenticity, gender expectations, ideologies of modernity, and British education. The book’s attention to both masculinity and femininity, broad examination of the transnational space of the Swahili coast, and inclusion of research on non-Swahili groups on the East African coast makes it a unique and indispensable resource. Contributors: Nadine Beckmann, Pat Caplan, Corrie Decker, Rebecca Gearhart, Linda Giles, Meghan Halley, Susan Hirsch, Susi Keefe, Kjersti Larsen, Elisabeth McMahon, Erin Stiles, and Katrina Daly Thompson
Categories: Social Science

Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya

Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya

See also Africanization policies Tangana Women Development Group, 19, 126, 184n14 Tanzania: Muslim women's clothing in, 137,138—39 theological boarding school. See ma'had Three Swahili Women (Strobel and Mirza), 22 Time for Harvest ...

Author: Ousseina D. Alidou

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299294632

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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In education, journalism, legislative politics, social justice, health, law, and other arenas, Muslim women across Kenya are emerging as leaders in local, national, and international contexts, advancing reforms through their activism. Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya draws on extensive interviews with six such women, revealing how their religious and moral beliefs shape reform movements that bridge ethnic divides and foster alliances in service of creating a just, multicultural, multiethnic, and multireligious democratic citizenship. Mwalim Azara Mudira opened a school of theology for Muslim women. Nazlin Omar Rajput of The Nur magazine was a pioneer in reporting on HIV/AIDS in the Muslim community. Amina Abubakar, host of a women's radio show, has publicly addressed the sensitive subject of sexual crimes against Muslim women. Two women who are members of parliament are creating new socioeconomic and political opportunities for girls and women, within a framework that still embraces traditional values of marriage and motherhood. Examining the interplay of gender, agency, and autonomy, Ousseina D. Alidou shows how these Muslim women have effected change in the home, the school, the mosque, the media, and more—and she illuminates their determination as actors to challenge the oppressive influences of male-dominated power structures. In looking at differences as opportunities rather than obstacles, these women reflect a new sensibility among Muslim women and an effort to redefine the meaning of women's citizenship within their own community of faith and within the nation.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Third World Women s Literatures

Third World Women s Literatures

Three Swahili Women : Life Histories from Mombasa , Kenya . Bloomington : Indiana University , 1989 . * Ning Lao - T'ai - t'ai and Ida Pruitt . A Daughter of Han : The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman .

Author: Barbara Fister

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313289883

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 390

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Alphabetically arranged entries cover writers, works, and subjects, and include bibliographical references to both works and criticism
Categories: Literary Criticism

The World of the Swahili

The World of the Swahili

Swahili language and society . Vienna : Institut für Afrikanistik und ... The image of women in Kiswahili prose fiction . Kiswahili 49 : 15–24 . Midani bin Mwidad . 1960. ... Three Swahili women : Life histories from Mombasa , Kenya .

Author: John Middleton

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300060807

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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The Swahili of East Africa have a long and distinctive history as a literate, Muslim, urban, and mercantile society. This book presents an anthropological account of the Swahili and offers an original analysis of their little-understood and unusual culture.
Categories: Social Science

History Of Islam In Africa

History Of Islam In Africa

In Life Histories of African Women , ed . Patricia W . Romero , 47 – 77 . London : Ashfield . - 1991 . “ Wives in Kano . ” In Coles and Mack 1991 , 109 – 29 . Mirza , Sarah , and Margaret Strobel , eds . and trans . 1989 . Three Swahili ...

Author: Nehemia Levtzion

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821412965

Category: History

Page: 601

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The history of the Islamic faith on the continent of Africa spans fourteen centuries. For the first time in a single volume, The History of Islam in Africa presents a detailed historic mapping of the cultural, political, geographic, and religious past of this significant presence on a continent-wide scale. Bringing together two dozen leading scholars, this comprehensive work treats the historical development of the religion in each major region and examines its effects. Without assuming prior knowledge of the subject on the part of its readers, The History of Islam in Africa is broken down into discrete areas, each devoted to a particular place or theme and each written by experts in that particular arena. The introductory chapters examine the principal “gateways” from abroad through which Islam traditionally has influenced Africans. The following two parts present overviews of Islamic history in West Africa and the Sudanic zone, and in subequatorial Africa. In the final section, the authors discuss important themes that have had an impact on Muslim communities in Africa. Designed as both a reference and a text, The History of Islam in Africa will be an essential tool for libraries, scholars, and students of this growing field.
Categories: History

Woman Between Two Worlds

Woman Between Two Worlds

The urban Muslim women who speak in Three Swahili Women : Life Histories from Mombasa , Kenya ( Mirza and Strobel 1989 ) were chosen by Margaret Strobel in the 1970s both for their accessibility and because they represent some of the ...

Author: Judith V. Olmstead

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252065875

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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Dynamic, opinionated, gritty, and charismatic, Chimate Chumbalo successfully navigated male-dominated factional politics, experimenting with different strategies to create for her people the society that she wanted for herself.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Afrika im Wandel

Afrika im Wandel

Linnebuhr, Elisabeth. 1994. Sprechende Tücher: Frauenkleidung der Swahili (Ostafrika) [Ausstellungskatalog]. Stuttgart: Linden-Museum. Mirza, Sarah, and Margaret Strobel, eds. 1989. Three Swahili Women: life histories from Mombasa, ...

Author: Thomas Bearth

Publisher: vdf Hochschulverlag AG

ISBN: 9783728130327

Category: Africa

Page: 296

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Categories: Africa

Girlhood

Girlhood

Her grandfather was Muslim, but of his seven boys, four were Muslim and three Christian. Asmah Abdalla, interview with author, Mombasa, May 23, 2006, tape recording, collection of the author. 24. Mirza and Strobel, Three Swahili Women, ...

Author: Jennifer Helgren

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813547046

Category: History

Page: 422

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Girlhood, interdisciplinary and global in source, scope, and methodology, examines the centrality of girlhood in shaping women's lives. Scholars study how age and gender, along with a multitude of other identities, work together to influence the historical experience. Spanning a broad time frame from 1750 to the present, essays illuminate the various continuities and differences in girls' lives across culture and region--girls on all continents except Antarctica are represented. Case studies and essays are arranged thematically to encourage comparisons between girls' experiences in diverse locales, and to assess how girls were affected by historical developments such as colonialism, political repression, war, modernization, shifts in labor markets, migrations, and the rise of consumer culture.
Categories: History

The Swahili World

The Swahili World

'The urban history of a rural place: Swahili archaeology on Pemba Island, Tanzania, 700–1500 AD'. International Journal of African Historical Studies 42 (3): 433–55. ... Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya.

Author: Stephanie Wynne-Jones

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317430162

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

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The Swahili World presents the fascinating story of a major world civilization, exploring the archaeology, history, linguistics, and anthropology of the Indian Ocean coast of Africa. It covers a 1,500-year sweep of history, from the first settlement of the coast to the complex urban tradition found there today. Swahili towns contain monumental palaces, tombs, and mosques, set among more humble houses; they were home to fishers, farmers, traders, and specialists of many kinds. The towns have been Muslim since perhaps the eighth century CE, participating in international networks connecting people around the Indian Ocean rim and beyond. Successive colonial regimes have helped shape modern Swahili society, which has incorporated such influences into the region’s long-standing cosmopolitan tradition. This is the first volume to explore the Swahili in chronological perspective. Each chapter offers a unique wealth of detail on an aspect of the region’s past, written by the leading scholars on the subject. The result is a book that allows both specialist and non-specialist readers to explore the diversity of the Swahili tradition, how Swahili society has changed over time, as well as how our understandings of the region have shifted since Swahili studies first began. Scholars of the African continent will find the most nuanced and detailed consideration of Swahili culture, language and history ever produced. For readers unfamiliar with the region or the people involved, the chapters here provide an ideal introduction to a new and wonderful geography, at the interface of Africa and the Indian Ocean world, and among a people whose culture remains one of Africa’s most distinctive achievements.
Categories: Social Science

Tensions of Empire

Tensions of Empire

The Swahili version of Three Swahili Women was published in the United States because no Kenyan publisher was interested ; see Geiger , " Women's Life Histories , " 182n . The life histories of women tend to proclaim their authenticity ...

Author: Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies Ann Laura Stoler

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520206053

Category: History

Page: 470

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"Carrying the inquiry into zones previous itineraries have typically avoided—the creation of races, sexual relations, invention of tradition, and regional rulers' strategies for dealing with the conquerors—the book brings out features of European expansion and contraction we have not seen well before."—Charles Tilly, The New School for Social Research "What is important about this book is its commitment to shaping theory through the careful interpretation of grounded, empirically-based historical and ethnographic studies. . . . By far the best collection I have seen on the subject."—Sherry B. Ortner, Columbia University
Categories: History

Fashioning Africa

Fashioning Africa

Shamsa Muhamad Muhashamy, in Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya, ed. and trans. Sarah Mirza and Margaret Strobel (Blooming- ton: Indiana University Press, 1989), 98. 26. Amina Seif Othman, interview. 27.

Author: Jean Marie Allman

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253216892

Category: Design

Page: 247

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Everywhere in the world there is a close connection between the clothes we wear and our political expression. To date, few scholars have explored what clothing means in 20th-century Africa and the diaspora. In Fashioning Africa, an international group of anthropologists, historians, and art historians bring rich and diverse perspectives to this fascinating topic. From clothing as an expression of freedom in early colonial Zanzibar to Somali women's headcovering in inner-city Minneapolis, these essays explore the power of dress in African and pan-African settings. Nationalist and diasporic identities, as well as their histories and politics, are examined at the level of what is put on the body every day. Readers interested in fashion history, material and expressive cultures, understandings of nation-state styles, and expressions of a distinctive African modernity will be engaged by this interdisciplinary and broadly appealing volume. Contributors are Heather Marie Akou, Jean Allman, A. Boatema Boateng, Judith Byfield, Laura Fair, Karen Tranberg Hansen, Margaret Jean Hay, Andrew M. Ivaska, Phyllis M. Martin, Marissa Moorman, Elisha P. Renne, and Victoria L. Rovine.
Categories: Design

Shar a in Africa Today

Shar    a in Africa Today

Necessity and the Idiom of Leadership amongst Swahili Muslim Women when traced back in history, it is possible to argue for the ... Three Swahili Women: Life histories from Mombasa, bloomington: indiana university press, 1989, page 110.

Author: John A. Chesworth

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004262126

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

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Sharīʿa in Africa Today. Reactions and Responses explores how Islamic law has influenced relations between Muslims and Christians, through a series of case studies by young African scholars working in Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania
Categories: Social Science

Philosophising in Mombasa Knowledge Islam and Intellectual Practice on the Swahili Coast

Philosophising in Mombasa  Knowledge  Islam and Intellectual Practice on the Swahili Coast

Knowledge, Islam and Intellectual Practice on the Swahili Coast Kai Kresse. MacGaffey, Wyatt. 1981. 'African ideology and belief: a survey', African Studies Review XXIV (2/3), 227–74. —. 1986. ... Three Swahili Women: life ...

Author: Kai Kresse

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748631735

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Philosophising in Mombasa provides an approach to the anthropological study of philosophical discourses in the Swahili context of Mombasa, Kenya. In this historically established Muslim environment, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, philosophy is investigated as social discourse and intellectual practice, situated in everyday life. This is done from the perspective of an 'anthropology of philosophy', a project which is spelled out in the opening chapter. Entry-points and guidelines for the ethnography are provided by discussions of Swahili literary genres, life histories, and social debates. From here, local discourses of knowledge are described and analysed. The social environment and discursive dynamics of the Old Town are portrayed, firstly, by means of following and contextualising informal discussions among neighbours and friends at daily meeting points in the streets; and secondly, by presenting and discussing in-depth case studies of local intellectuals and their contributions to moral and intellectual debates within the community. Taking recurrent internal discussions on social affairs, politics, and appropriate Islamic conduct as a focus, this study sheds light on local practices of critique and reflection. In particular, three local intellectuals (two poets, one Islamic scholar) are portrayed against the background of regional intellectual history, Islamic scholarship, as well as common public debates and private discussions. The three contextual portrayals discuss exemplary issues for the wider field of research on philosophical discourse in Mombasa and the Swahili context on the whole, with reference to the lives and projects of distinct individual thinkers. Ultimately, the study directs attention beyond the regional and the African contexts, towards the anthropological study of knowledge and intellectual practice around the world.
Categories: Social Science