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A neighbourhood of thinkers Knowledge, discourse and East African Islam

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627868.003.0004
A neighbourhood of thinkers Knowledge, discourse and East African Islam

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This chapter sketches the intellectual climate of Mombasa today and also the recent intellectual history of the region, including some of its most significant scholars. They are constant reference points for discussions taking place among common people in the streets, or among scholars in their speeches or religious booklets. In describing local discourses and intellectual debates, the discussion provides evidence for the internal recognition of features that are associated with philosophy. It notes that in Swahili intellectual discourse, the label ‘philosopher’ is sometimes directly and spontaneously applied to prominent thinkers.

Keywords: intellectual climate; Mombasa; Swahili intellectual discourse; philosopher

Chapter.  12999 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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