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Cover illustration: Bookstall in Zanzibar showing range of tracts on sale. Credit: Charles O. Cecil/Alamy Stock Photo.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Chesworth, John (John A.), author.

Title: Mixed messages : using the Bible and Qur’ān in Swahili tracts / John A. Chesworth.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2022] | Series: Studies of religion in Africa, 0169-9814 ; volume 51 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2022020512 (print) | LCCN 2022020513 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004519039 (hardback : acid-free paper) | ISBN 9789004519664 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Tracts. | Swahili language. | Christianity and other religions–Islam. | Islam–Relations–Christianity. | Bible–Criticism, interpretation, etc. | Qurʼan–Criticism, interpretation, etc.

Classification: LCC BV4510.3 .C44 2022 (print) | LCC BV4510.3 (ebook) | DDC 220.1/5–dc23/eng/20220617

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ISSN 0169-9814

ISBN 978-90-04-51903-9 (hardback)

ISBN 978-90-04-51966-4 (e-book)

Copyright 2022 by John A. Chesworth. Published by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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