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Unformatted text preview: th century. The lowest status is of the slaves. Surprisingly yet not surprisingly they form nearly half of the population of Swahili! As time passed, the Arabs and the slaves collaborated, adopted the native Swahili language and named themselves ‘Swahilis’. However, the collaboration and cooperation did not make much difference to the class level. In contemporary times, many people from the labor class tried fitting in the Swahili society and emigrated from other African areas. But they are not considered Swahilis and would not be in the foreseeable future either. The records and evidences that history provides point towards the fact that Swahilis originate from Africa. However, it is not denied that many characteristics of their social order are influenced by Arabia and India. But the Swahilis themselves do not relate themselves to African or Asian origin. So hats off to the ‘unique’ civilization of Swahili coast!...
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This document was uploaded on 10/27/2011 for the course BBA MG221 at NUCES - Lahore.
- Summer '10