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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. an article or 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




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 Kilwa



Kilwa Daud bin al Hasan
Daud bin al Hasan
Kilwa Nasir al Dunya w'al Din
Nasir al Dunya w'al Din
Kilwa Al Hasan bin Sulayman
Al Hasan bin Sulayman
Kilwa Ali bin al Hasan
Ali bin al Hasan
Kilwa gold dinar
In the name of al-Mustansir, 1036-1094, Gold dinar. Dinars of this type have been found in Madagascar and parts of Tanzania. Sold for 1700 dollars

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




13th Century

Ali b.  Al-Hasan

13th Century

Da'ud b. Al-Hasan

13th Century

al -Hasan b. Talut


al Hasan b. Sulayman


Sulayman b. Al-Hasan

14th Century

Da'ud b. Sulayman

14th Century

Muhammad b. Sulayman

14th Century

Nasir al-Dunya wa'l-Din


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