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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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A neighbourhood of thinkers Knowledge, discourse and East African Islam

A neighbourhood of thinkers Knowledge, discourse and East African Islam

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(p.70) 3 A neighbourhood of thinkers Knowledge, discourse and East African Islam
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Philosophising in Mombasa
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Kai Kresse

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627868.003.0004

This chapter sketches the intellectual climate of Mombasa today and also the recent intellectual history of the region, including some of its most significant scholars. They are constant reference points for discussions taking place among common people in the streets, or among scholars in their speeches or religious booklets. In describing local discourses and intellectual debates, the discussion provides evidence for the internal recognition of features that are associated with philosophy. It notes that in Swahili intellectual discourse, the label ‘philosopher’ is sometimes directly and spontaneously applied to prominent thinkers.

Keywords:   intellectual climate, Mombasa, Swahili intellectual discourse, philosopher

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