Back to East Africa's contacts with the Classical World
No books have appeared on this subject for many years. This is strange as a number have appeared concerning West Africa. To fill this void I try
making these texts available to everybody.
South East Asian States
Neighboring African States
-Chachnama (translated Ali Kufi) (710)
-Note of Daibal
-Al Fazari (722)
-Jarir b.Atiya (728)
-Zayd Ibn Ali (d740)
-Note on Inscriptions in Java
-Tuan Ch'eng-Shih (863)
-Al Jahiz The Boast of the Blacks(d869)
-Al Jahiz Kitab al Hayawan (d869)
-Al Jahiz Kitab al Hayawan(on castration)(869)
-Al Jahiz other works (d869)
-Tombstone Dahlak (900)
-Delhemma (9th century)
-Abu Jabir Muhammed.b.Ja'far (900)
-Abi'l-Hawari (9th cent)
-Tansar (9th century)
As illustration only are added here some examples of the finest manuscripts from the Swahili. They are not connected with the list of authors on the left side of the page.
The picture above and under are an illuminated Qur'an in Swahili using the Arabic alfabet with 417 folios in a black leather binding with stamped designs. The text is written in an elegant, cursive script that resembles thuluth, and the formation of certain letters resembles North African maghribi script.
Siyu Island, Lamu archipelago, Kenya 18th or 19th century Italian hand-made paper, pigment and ink
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Above and under pages of a Quran (in Arabic) from Mogadishu from the 18th Century.
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