Prologue Approaching philosophical discourse in a Swahili context

Kai Kresse

in Philosophising in Mombasa

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627868
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652976 | DOI:
Prologue Approaching philosophical discourse in a Swahili context

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This chapter begins by citing a bit of wisdom from Ahmad Nassir, presenting a certain conception of knowledge about knowledge that is part of, and draws from, Muslim intellectual discourse in Africa. A driving force behind this book has been the assumption that it is a valuable task for anthropology to investigate, document, mediate, and discuss statements and discourses of such a kind, where knowledge about knowledge is illustrated, formulated, or performed by individual thinkers, within their specific socio-historical contexts, yet conveying meaningful insights about human life. Over the last decades, things have very much changed for the better, as the expanded debate and research on African philosophy, for one, illustrates. Historical and anthropological works too have contributed much to a better understanding of the internal complexities of social discourse and intellectual practice in Africa.

Keywords: Muslim intellectual discourse; African philosophy; Ahmad Nassir; anthropology; knowledge

Chapter.  2975 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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