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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

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

Sarah Hillewaert

Fordham University Press

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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