Swahili Letters from Goa (MS 380699)

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Swahili Letters from Goa (MS 380699)
Series Title:
Miscellaneous Swahili manuscripts
Added title page title:
MS 380699 (Swahili Letters from Goa)
Fatima binti Muhammad ( Author, Primary )
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Paper ( medium )
Handwritten manuscript : Copy of originals on grey large papers, contained in a grey open folder; most of the material is unreadable


Subjects / Keywords:
Swahili history
Swahili language -- History ( LCSH )
Portuguese colonialism
Africa, East -- History ( LCSH )
East Africa -- History
Afrika, Mashariki - Historia
Swahili-speaking peoples -- History ( LCSH )
Colonization ( LCSH )
Portugal ( LCSH )
India Viceroy
Mwinyi Jumaa
Correspondence ( LCTGM )
Personal correspondence ( LCGFT )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- Southern Asia -- Goa
15.33333 x 74.08333


The correspondence contained here is a copy of originals contained in the Goa Archives relating to the Portuguese period of colonization of the Coast. The correspondence, although mainly illegible, is between the Crown, in Lisbon, and his Viceroy, in Goa, and is written in Portuguese. However, there is also an interesting letter by the Queen of Kilwa Kisiwani, Fatuma bin Mohammed, writing to a Mombasan, Mwinyi Jumaa, who was based in Goa. This letter, written in Arabic script, has been extensively studied by Yahya Ali Omar and Peter Frankl who published a translation in Afrika und Ubersee, 77, 1994. ( en )
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Biographical information: Fatima binti Muhammad was the ruler of Kilwa Kisiwani in the 18th century.
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Date of Composition: circa 18th century AD (circa 1215 A.H.)
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Dialects: old Southern
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Extent: 19 leaves
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Incipit: bismillahi al-rahmani al-rahim, mimi mfalme wa Kilwa Sultani Fatima ibnati
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Archival history: Donated by Peter Frankl, 1 October 1996
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Asia -- Southern Asia -- India -- Goa
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Tanzania -- Lindi Region -- Kilwa District -- Kilwa Kisiwani -- Kilwa Kisiwani Island
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Africa -- Eastern Africa -- Kilwa Sultanate
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Donated by Peter Frankl, 1 October 1996
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Publication information: Yahya Ali Omar & Frankl, P J. 1994. A 12/18th century Swahili letter from KiIwa Kisiwani (being a study of one folio from the Goa Archives). Afrika und Ubersee, Band 77, pp. 263-272

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
This item is believed to be in the public domain
Resource Identifier:
MS 380654 ( SOAS manuscript number )
MS 380654a ( SOAS manuscript number )


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