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Counterpoints and continuities: the younger generation Intergenerational idioms – experience and perspectives

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/9780748627868.003.0008
Counterpoints and continuities: the younger generation Intergenerational idioms – experience and perspectives

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Looking back at the contextual portrayals of Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany, Ahmad Nassir Juma Bhalo, and Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir, it is evident that these diverse Swahili intellectuals have produced a corresponding range of texts, some of which are explicitly critical in character. In different ways, all three thinkers are concerned with social knowledge and its descriptive and normative aspects. Turning to their experience of social life in Mombasa and their reflection on this experience, there are counterpoints and continuities in comparison to the older generation. This chapter explores how philosophical discourse and intellectual practice in the Swahili context will continue in the future, in relation to local discourses of knowledge, Islamic debates, and the challenges of everyday life.

Keywords: Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany; Ahmad Nassir Juma Bhalo; Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir; social knowledge; Swahili context; Islamic debates; Mombasa

Chapter.  9554 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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