A report on Swahili language and Stone Town

Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)
مدينة زنجبار الحجرية
Although originally written with the Arabic script, Swahili is now written in a Latin alphabet introduced by Christian missionaries and colonial administrators. The text shown here is the Catholic version of the Lord's Prayer.
Stone Town panorama
Swahili in Arabic script on the clothes of a girl in German East Africa (ca. early 1900s)
Art Deco detail of the Cine Afrique in Stone Town
Loxodonta africana elephants frolic in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, 2012.
A sketch of stone town showing the old fort and palace from the year 1871 to the year 1875.
Effects of the British naval bombardment of the 1896 Anglo-Zanzibar War
Former house converted to People's Bank of Zanzibar after revolution
The House of Wonders, now hosting a museum on Swahili culture.
The old fort as seen from the House of Wonders.
Zanzibari cuisine is sold at the Forodhani gardens
Zanzibari "mabasi" waiting for passengers at the Bus Terminal
The Old Dispensary
Shangani Post Office
Traditional Zanzibar style door
Birth house of Freddie Mercury
The Anglican Cathedral of Zanzibar.
Old Fort
St. Joseph's Cathedral, Zanzibar
Traditional door
"Poste française". French post office with French flag in Stone Town, before 1900.

Stonetown of Zanzibar (مدينة زنجبار الحجرية), also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for "old town"), is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania.

- Stone Town

Modern standard Swahili is based on Kiunguja, the dialect spoken in Zanzibar Town, but there are numerous dialects of Swahili, some of which are mutually unintelligible, such as the following:

- Swahili language
Swahili in Arabic script—memorial plate at the Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam (1927)

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Insular semi-autonomous state which united with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

Insular semi-autonomous state which united with Tanganyika in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

The castle in Zanzibar
Omani Sultan of Zanzibar
Zanzibari slave trader Tippu Tip
The Harem and Tower Harbour of Zanzibar (p.234), London Missionary Society
A Zanj slave gang in Zanzibar (1889)
The post office in Zanzibar was initially managed by the postal service of British India. Before dedicated Zanzibar stamps could be manufactured, Indian stamps were locally overprinted. This item is from a pre-printed Indian envelope or postcard, overprinted at the offices of the Zanzibar Gazette, which had the only printing press in the territory.
A street scene in Zanzibar during the early 20th century
President Abeid Karume
A street scene in Stone Town
Produce vendors at a market
The main mosque and Christ Church Anglican cathedral in Stone Town
Hindu temple in Stone Town
12 January 2004: President Karume of Zanzibar enters Amani Stadium for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Zanzibar's 1964 revolution.
An aerial view of Stone Town in Zanzibar
A dolphin in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Zanzibar
Papilio demodocus in Zanzibar, Nungwi
Prophylaxis poster in Zanzibar, 2008
Seaweed farming in Jambiani
Aquaculture of red algae (Eucheuma), Jambiani
Tourism is one of the main sectors of the economy.
Market stall in Zanzibar's Stone Town
Tourists in boat chasing dolphins in the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar
A narrow pedestrian alleyway in Stone Town, Zanzibar
A train operating on the railway between Bububu and Stone Town in Zanzibar, circa 1905
Several times a day fast ferry services between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar
Zanzibar Harbour
Azam Sealink1 ferry
Zanzibar Airport Terminal I
A view of the clock tower in House of Wonders through Islamic styled door in the Stone City
ZIFF, 2013
Institute of Marine Sciences, UDSM
Aerial view of Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar
Stone Town
Stone Town with Sultan's Palace
House of Wonders undergoing refurbishment
Cloves have played a significant role in Zanzibar's historic economy.
The red colobus of Zanzibar (Procolobus kirkii), taken at Jozani Fores
Zanzibar East Coast beach
Red-knobbed starfish (Protoreaster linckii) on the beach in Nungwi, northern Zanzibar
A Zanzibar beach
Cannons overlooking the water at Forodhani Gardens park, in Stone Town
alt=A five-star resort on the northern part of Zanzibar|A five-star resort on the northern part of Zanzibar

Its historic centre, Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.

Although a Bantu language, the Swahili language as a consequence today includes some borrowed elements, particularly loanwords from Arabic, though this was mostly a 19th-century phenomenon with the growth of Omani hegemony.