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Ibuni Saleh

A Short History of the Comorians in Zanzibar


Printed by The Tanganyika Standard, Dar es Salaam (1936)

Ibuni bin Saleh bin Mohammed was born of Comorian parents in Zanzibar on 23 November, 1900. He joined the police force, rising to the rank of inspector, and served in Dar es Salaam as well as in Zanzibar. In the late colonial period he was politically active, first within the Arab Association, later the ZNP, and was Minister of Works, Communications and Lands in the first post-independence government of Zanzibar. He was arrested and imprisoned following the Zanzibar revolution in 1964; released in 1974, he retired in Dar es Salaam where he died.


As a young man Ibuni was active in the Comorian community and was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Comorian School in 1930. In 1936, in the context of British challenges to Comorian identity, he published A Short History of the Comorians in Zanzibar, emphasising the distinctive character of Comorians and their contributions to Zanzibari society.


This book was printed in two editions with different page layouts; the text of both versions is identical, and the one reproduced here would appear to be the first of the two. Neither is dated beyond the dates appended to the signatures to the foreword and the preface (both 1936), and the assumption is that the first print run sold out and a second printing was ordered. Why the page layout was altered for the second edition - presumably at extra cost - is unclear.


A Short History of the Comorians in Zanzibar remains in copyright and is reproduced here with the kind permission of Ibrahim Ibuni Saleh.


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