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Arts: Poets and Poetry: East Africa: Swahili
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Swahili poetry poetry poetry, in its many and various forms and genres, is at the heart of this urban and multi-ethnic, maritime, mercantile, literate, and Islamic East African culture. Swahili poetry poetry poetry is not only a regular feature found in almost all Swahili newspapers; there is hardly any important event or social function in the society, whether secular or purely religious, in which poetry poetry poetry does not play a role. The fact that, up to the present, women do not play a central role in the descriptions, ant…

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Samsom, Ridder H., “Arts: Poets and Poetry: East Africa: Swahili”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0293d>
First published online: 2009

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