Swahili Port Cities


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<P>On the Swahili coast of East Africa, monumental stone houses, tombs, and mosques mark the border zone between the interior of the African continent and the Indian Ocean. Prita Meier explores this coastal environment and shows how an African mercantile society created a place of cosmopolitan longing. Meier understands architecture as more than a way to remake local space. Rather, the architecture of this liminal zone was an expression of the desire of coastal inhabitants to belong to places beyond their homeports. Here architecture embodies modern ideas and social identities engendered by the encounter of Africans with others in the Indian Ocean world.</P>
<P>Introduction: The Place In-Between <BR>1. Difference Set in Stone: Place and Race in Mombasa <BR>2. A "Curious" Minaret: Sacred Place and the Politics of Islam <BR>3. Architecture Out of Place: The Politics of Style in Zanzibar<BR>4. At Home in the World: Living with Transoceanic Things<BR>Conclusion: Trading Places<BR>Notes<BR>Bibliography<BR>Index</P>



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Published 25 April 2016
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EAN13 9780253019172
Language English
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