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Philosophising in MombasaKnowledge, Islam and Intellectual Practice on the Swahili Coast$
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Kai Kresse

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627868

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627868.001.0001

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Prologue Approaching philosophical discourse in a Swahili context

Prologue Approaching philosophical discourse in a Swahili context

(p.1) Prologue Approaching philosophical discourse in a Swahili context
Philosophising in Mombasa

Kai Kresse

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by citing a bit of wisdom from Ahmad Nassir, presenting a certain conception of knowledge about knowledge that is part of, and draws from, Muslim intellectual discourse in Africa. A driving force behind this book has been the assumption that it is a valuable task for anthropology to investigate, document, mediate, and discuss statements and discourses of such a kind, where knowledge about knowledge is illustrated, formulated, or performed by individual thinkers, within their specific socio-historical contexts, yet conveying meaningful insights about human life. Over the last decades, things have very much changed for the better, as the expanded debate and research on African philosophy, for one, illustrates. Historical and anthropological works too have contributed much to a better understanding of the internal complexities of social discourse and intellectual practice in Africa.

Keywords:   Muslim intellectual discourse, African philosophy, Ahmad Nassir, anthropology, knowledge

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