Swahili lecturer and author in Germany

by Ludger Wimmelbuker

This book presents a study of the life history of Mtoro bin Mwinyi Bakari (c. 1869 – 1927). Mtoro bin Mwinyi Bakari grew up and studied Islamic Sciences in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. He became a Swahili lecturer and author in Germany and is known to have written Desturi za Wasuaheli, an important work in Swahili culture. The book introduces the wider historical context of his writings, and, in particular, reconstructs the racism and discrimination in both the colonial and metropolitan contexts, features which negatively influenced his career and his life as a whole. The study also offers insights into contributions of the colonized to the study of African languages and cultures during this same historical context.


About the Author

Ludger Wimmelbuker

Ludger Wimmelbuker (PhD Hamburg University – African History) is the author of Kilimanjaro – A Regional History c.1800-1920. He also published various articles on the history of East Africa. He also worked in a project on life histories relating to the Zanzibar Revolution. He currently works on the international dimension of thalidomide, including victims of the drug who were born in Africa around 1960.


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