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Marriage Practices: East Africa
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Islam was introduced to East Africa around 1000 C.E. by Arab and Persian traders, slavers, merchants, and religious teachers, and was spread inland during the nineteenth century by caravan trade. Though Islam is the dominant religion among coastal and island peoples of Zanzibar, Pemba, Lamu, and elsewhere, East African Muslims are far from homogeneous: their kinship and descent systems may be matril…

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Porter, Karen A., “Marriage Practices: East Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0183e>
First published online: 2009

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