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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


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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 Zanzibar

Zanzibar coin Ishaq b. Hasan 14th century
Zanzibar coin Ishaq b. Hasan 14th century
Zanzibar coin Ishaq b. Hasan 14th century

The three coins shown are all from Ishaq b. Hasan 14th century. The second one was auctioned for 48 dollars. In the Album Stephen list more rulers are mentioned as having minted coins in Zanzibar.





14th Century

al-Husayn b. Ahmad

14th Century

Sulayman b. Al-Husayn

14th Century

Ishaq b. Hasan

14th Century

al-Hsan b. Ali


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