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Medieval Authors about East Africa
By Pieter Derideaux
No Books have appeared on this subject for many years. This is strange as a number have appeared concerning West Africa. To fill this void I try making these texts available to everybody. When using these texts; (in e.g. articles or on a website) please mention my name; I worked years on collecting - translating them. No commercial use allowed.
South East Asian States
Neighboring African States
-Salma b. Muslim al Awtabi (1116)
-Ibn al Balhi (1117)
-Chu Yu (1119)
-Al Marvasi (1120)
-Idris map East African Coast (1150)
-Idris' map projected on modern map
-Ch'en Yuan-Ching (end 12th)
-Sadr al-Din al Husayni (end 12th cent)
-Sri Maharaja (12th)
-Ibn al Jawzi (d1200)
-Al Tarsusi (12th cent)
-Patli (12th cent)
-Malayagiri (12th cent)
-Muhammad b. Sa'id al-Qalhati (1200)
-Afdal al-Din Kirmani (1200)
-Jacques de Vitey (1200)
-Abu al Makarim (1200)
As illustration only are added here some examples of inscriptions found in East Africa. They are not connected with the list of authors on the left side of the page. But they are also an important source of information about the history of the Swahili. More examples are added as illustrations on specifiek webpages. But I do not give a comprehensive list. And such a list does not exist either.
Epigraph; Mwana wa Bwana binti Mwidani d. 29 Rajab AH 866 / 29 April AD 1462 from Tuaka near Kilindini, Mombasa Island. The Arabic inscription invokes Gods mercy and protection.
Kilwa Kisiwani; Among the graves of the Sultans: The tomb of Aisha.
And the epitaph on a narrow stele which belonged to the grave, partly erased of Sayyida Aisha bint Mawlana Amir Ali b. Mawlana Sultan Sulayman d. AH 761 / AD 1359-60 or AH 961/ AD 1553-4
The Pillar tombs of Kaole 5 km south of Bagamoyo. One Pillar Tomb of the 14th century? Badly erased epitaph and inscription on the side, located in the old cemetery. And nearby an epitaph with a Quranic text similar in style as the previous one also perhaps 14th century.