Swahili Port Cities : The Architecture of Elsewhere

Swahili Port Cities : The Architecture of Elsewhere

Description

On the Swahili coast of East Africa, monumental stone houses, tombs, and mosques mark the border zone between the interior of the African continent and the Indian Ocean. Prita Meier explores this coastal environment and shows how an African mercantile society created a place of cosmopolitan longing. Meier understands architecture as more than a way to remake local space. Rather, the architecture of this liminal zone was an expression of the desire of coastal inhabitants to belong to places beyond their homeports. Here architecture embodies modern ideas and social identities engendered by the encounter of Africans with others in the Indian Ocean world.


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Details

Author(s)
Prita Meier
Format
Paperback | 248 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 20g
Publication date
25 Apr 2016
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Publication City/Country
Bloomington, IN, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
025301915X
ISBN13
9780253019158
Bestsellers rank
1,901,612