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Bibliographical and resources

SOAS Swahili Manuscripts Database

Swahili Language Acquisitions at Columbia University Libraries, 1979-2010

Swahili Forum. Journal published from Johannes Gutenberg University.

COSTECH Digital library. A selection of documents, published and unpublished, concerning Tanzania.

African Books Collective catalogue of books in Swahili

Kiswahili Story Database

Swahili translation of the Qur’an

Internet Archive text repository has a collection of historical texts, many touching on the Swahili world

Verba Africana. Taarab and Ngoma Performances

The Kamusi Project, home of the Internet Living Swahili Dictionary

Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University

Empire Online has a small number of texts touching on the Swahili world

Pieter Derideaux's History of East Africa website, an extremely comprehensive collection of historical texts dealing with East Africa. An earlier version is archived at

Indian Ocean in World History, an online resource for schools, sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Centre.

Alhidaaya. Commentaries on the Qur’an and the Sunna

Institutional sites and societies

ANR Swahili Research Group, working on “the dimensions of the Swahili object” (en français) (currently unavailable)

IOStudies, a mailing list for Indian Ocean Studies, including the Swahili coast.

Swahili Society. A website maintained by SOAS Swahili students (currently unavailable)

Tanzanian Studies Association

ZIORI (Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute)

Personal and community sites

East African Notes and Records, Martin Walsh’s blog

Language and Popular Culture in Africa. Johannes Fabian’s site with a specific focus on Shaba/Katanga Swahili

Mafia Island Website maintained by Pat Caplan

Zanzinet, a forum that brings together Zanzibaris

Zanzibar Unveiled, a very comprehensive site including historical photographs of Zanzibar