publication . Article . 2015

The Indian Ocean and Swahili Coast coins, international networks and local developments

John Perkins;
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  • Published: 25 Dec 2015
  • Publisher: Institut des mondes africains (IMAF)
Abstract
The distinctive coinage of the Swahili Coast (c. 800–1500) has for a long time been seen as a barbarized coinage on the edge of the Islamic world, a product of colonial settlements of Arabs and Persians. With new evidence becoming available, the towns have taken their place as flourishing African trading ports, homogenously developed from local villages. One of the most durable remains of archaeological material culture in these towns, the coins, has not received the same attention, despite their being one of the keys to further understanding the Swahili stone towns. By deconstructing the previous hunt for precedents, it is argued that the coins are a stand-out ...
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free text keywords: archéologie, commerce, Islam, monde de l'océan Indien, monnaie, archaeology, coins, Indian Ocean world, Swahili, trade, archaeology, coins, Indian Ocean world, Islam, Swahili, trade, History of Africa, DT1-3415, Geography, Colonialism, Swahili, language.human_language, language, Indian ocean, Coining (mint), Islam, Ancient history, Port (computer networking), Flourishing, Human settlement
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