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Morality at the MarginsYouth, Language, and Islam in Coastal Kenya$
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Sarah Hillewaert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286515

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286515.001.0001

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Interlude 2 kiSwahili Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir

Interlude 2 kiSwahili Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir

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(p.114) Interlude 2 kiSwahili Mahmoud Ahmed Abdulkadir
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Morality at the Margins
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Sarah Hillewaert

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286515.003.0005

In July 2003, Mahmoud Abdulkadir read an article in one of Kenya’s national newspapers, reporting on the activities of a national committee in charge of the Swahili language. The poet was struck by the accompanying photo of the committee. “None of its members visibly looked Swahili,” he recounts; none of the participants wore Swahili clothing or look like a Swahili person. Rather, all members appeared to derive from “upcountry” Kenya. Unsettled that no waSwahili were concerned with the Swahili language, he wrote this poem....

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