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Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the Mijikenda
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Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the Mijikenda

Justin Willis


This is a history of the Kenyan city of Mombasa and its surrounding settlements from the mid-19th century to the height of colonial rule in the 1930s. The book places the island and town of Mombasa in its African context, incorporating the findings of historical and anthropological research. It examines the institutions and social networks that simultaneously united and divided the people of the region before the colonial period, demonstrating both their interdependence and the creation of distinct population categories. The book traces the development of these institutions under British rule, ... More

Keywords: history of Mombasa, African context, historical research, anthropological research, pre-colonial institutions, pre-colonial networks, population categories, British colonial rule, colonial economy, ethnic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Willis, author
British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi