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Philosophising in Mombasa: Knowledge, Islam and Intellectual Practice on the Swahili Coast

Kai Kresse


This book provides an approach to the anthropological study of philosophical discourses in the Swahili context of Mombasa, Kenya. In this historically established Muslim environment, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, philosophy is investigated as social discourse and intellectual practice, situated in everyday life. This is done from the perspective of an ‘anthropology of philosophy’, a project that is spelt out in the opening chapter. Entry points and guidelines for the ethnography are provided by discussions of Swahili literary genres, life histories, and social debates. From here, lo ... More

Keywords: Swahili, Mombasa, Kenya, philosophy, social discourse, intellectual practice, ethnography, life histories, Muslim, Islamic scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748627868
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kai Kresse, author