The Swahili: The Social Landscape of a Mercantile Society
March 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The Swahili Coast.
3. The Acceptance of Islam.
4. The Swahili Coast and the Indian Ocean World.
5. The Trading System of the Swahili Coast.
6. The Urban Landscape.
7. The Social Landscape.
8. Governance and Politics.
9. The Swahili in a Changing World.
10. Constructing the Mercantile Landscape.
John Middleton retired in 1991 as Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies at Yale University, after also teaching at the University of London, New York University, and elsewhere. He has carried out anthropological research in Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana. He worked in Zanzibar in 1958 on land tenure among the central Swahili (published as Land Tenure in Zanzibar, 1961) and later in the 1980s among the northern Swahili of the town of Lamu in Kenya to make a general ethnography that was published in 1992 as The World of the Swahili. His other books include Lugbara Religion (1960) and he was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopaedia of Africa South of the Sahara (1997).
- Provides a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the Swahili peoples.
- A scholarly but accessible account of this famous yet little understood society.
"Despite their high profile, the identity of the Swahili has been elusive to define. The sensible discussion of this issue by Horton & Middleton should finally put this question to rest ... The Swahili is a fine addition to the series on the peoples of Africa published by Blackwell. South African Archaeological Bulletin
"Well supplied with maps and plates depicting locales, excavations, and architecture, the book will be useful to a general readership, as well as to younger scholars interested in the African littoral. The archeological chapters are very informative."Greg Cameron, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute