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Economics: Small Businesses: East Africa
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Muslims make up about one-third of the population of Tanzania, one-fifth of the population of Kenya, and one-seventh of the population of Uganda. The majority of East African Muslims live along the coast and on Indian Ocean islands such as Lamu, Pate, Zanzibar, and Pemba, although there are pockets of Islamic populations in the hinterland, most notably in Tanzania – including the Nyamwezi, Luguru, Kutu, Pare, and Yao – and in northern Kenya, especially the Galla-speaking peoples. Many of Kenya's…

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Porter, Karen A., “Economics: Small Businesses: East Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0244a>
First published online: 2009

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