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Medieval Authors about East Africa
By Pieter Derideaux

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.
When using these texts; (in e.g. articles or on a website) please mention my name; I worked years on collecting - translating
them. No commercial use allowed.

Pieter Derideaux


Color Code
Muslim World
Chinese Empire
Christian World
India (Muslim+Hindu)

South East Asian States

Neighboring African States






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As illustration only are added here some examples of the coins of the Swahili towns. They are not connected with the list of authors on the left side of the page.


Coins from Mogadishu


Mogadishu Yusuf b. Sa‘id
Yusuf b. Sa'id
Mogadishu Al Rahman b. al Musa'id
Al Rahman b. al Musa'id
Mogadishu Zubayr b. Umar
Zubayr b. Umar
Mogadishu Ali bin Yusuf
Ali bin Yusuf
Mogadishu Muhammad al Adil al Zaffir
Muhammad al Adil al Zaffir
Mogadishu al Sultan Muhammad al Mujahid
al Sultan Muhammad al Mujahid

In the Album Stephen list more rulers are mentioned as having minted coins in Mogadishu.





14th Century

al-Rahman b. Al-Musa'id

14th Century

Yusuf b. Sa'id

14th Century

Sultan Muhammad

14th Century

Rasul b. 'Ali

14th Century

Yusuf b. Abi Bakr

14th Century

Malik b. Sa'id

15th Century

Zubayr b. 'Umar

15th Century

Ali b. Yusuf

15th Century


15th Century

Sultan 'Umar


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