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An Azanian Trio

Three East African Arabic Historical Documents

Edited by James McL. Ritchie and Sigvard von Sicard

This work consists of the translation and annotation of three East African Arabic / Swahili manuscripts together with the original texts. They cover aspects of the history of the coast from the early Himyaritic period up to the beginning of the 20th century. By the use of earlier, in some cases hitherto unused Arabic sources, the authors of the texts have contributed to a fuller picture of the East African coastal history. The texts relate directly to works on East African coastal history that have appeared since the latter part of the 19th century. They are presented against the background of general Arabic and Islamic history. The annotations indicate, and some case stress, significant hints and references to matters that need to be borne in mind, along with archeological and other evidences.

Abu Chakkhen

‘Grandma Scratch-My-Arm’, Told by Jentibirth M. Sangma in Badri Maidugythym

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Ajot

Told by Ranus M. Sangma

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Alsia Raja

‘The Lazy King’, Told by Tonton M. Sangma in the village of Badri Maidugythym

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Amak aro Chengchengmachok

‘The Monkey and the Spider’, Told by Jentibirth M. Sangma in Badri Maidugythym

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Amak aro Khu•sum

‘The Monkey and the Tortoise’, Told by Cheng M. Sangma in Badri Maidugythym

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Amak aro Pheru

‘The Monkey and the Fox’, Told by Samrat N. Marak in Siju

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Amak aro Rukpek

‘The Monkey and the Frog’, Told by Mr Jendik/Renjen S. Marak in Badri Maidugythym

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Amakmu Saphaw

‘The Monkey and the Rabbit’, Told by Dilseng R. Sangma in Badri Maidugythym

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