The History of The Mazru’i Dynasty of Mombasa.

Al-Mazru’i, Shaykh Al-Amin Bin ‘Ali.

Book ID: 20449

ISBN:      0197261582


8vo. x, 182 pp., of English text, 76 pp. of Arabic text, translated into English & annotated by J. McL. Ritchie, cloth in d/w, previous owner’s name inscribed verso lower cover, appendix, biblio, index, published for the British Academy, Oxford University Press, 1995.


The history of the Mazrui’ family, who ruled Mombassa for more than 100 years up to 1837, is published here in English translation, together with the original Arabic text. The work was written by the late Shaykh al-Amin al-Mazrui’, formerly Chief Qadi of Kenya Colony, and embodies the oral Mazru’i family tradition, which stretches back beyond the evidence of English documents to the late seventeenth century.. The volume reveals important links between Arabic and Swahili culture.

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