Swahili people

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The Swahili people (or Waswahili) are an ethnic and cultural group inhabiting East Africa.wikipedia
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Swahili language

SwahiliKiswahiliKiswahili language
The Swahili speak the Swahili language, which belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.
Swahili, also known as Kiswahili (translation: language of the Swahili people), is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people.

Zanzibar

ZanzibariZanzibar, TanzaniaCommittee of Six
Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique.
These towns grew in wealth as the Swahili people served as intermediaries and facilitators to local, inland mainland African, Arab, Persian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese merchants and traders.

Kenya

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Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique.
However, scholars have suggested that claims of Arab or Persian origin of city-states were attempts by the Swahili to legitimize themselves both locally and internationally.

Tanzania

TanzanianUnited Republic of TanzaniaRepublic of Tanzania
Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique.
Between 65 and 90 percent of the Arab-Swahili population of Zanzibar was enslaved.

Lamu

Lamu Old TownPort LamuFortress
The most likely origin for the stories about the Shirazi is from Muslim inhabitants of the Lamu archipelago who moved south in the 10th and 11th centuries.
Lamu Town on Lamu Island is Kenya's oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa.

East Africa

Eastern AfricaEastEastern
The Swahili people (or Waswahili) are an ethnic and cultural group inhabiting East Africa.
The Swahili culture that emerged from these exchanges evinces many Arab and Islamic influences not seen in traditional Bantu culture, as do the many Afro-Arab members of the Bantu Swahili people.

Malindi

MelindeMalindi, KenyaKingdom of Melinde
These Africans migrants seem to have developed a concept of Shirazi origin as they moved further southwards, near Malindi and Mombasa, along the Mrima coast. Many ruins may still be observed near the southern Kenyan port of Malindi in the Gede ruithere are fish peppelns (the lost city of Gede/Gedi).
Therefore, Malindi has existed as a Swahili settlement since at least the 13th century.

Swahili coast

Southeast AfricaSwahiliSwahili City States
Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique.
The Swahili coast is a coastal area of the Indian Ocean in Southeast Africa inhabited by the Swahili people.

Mombasa

Mombasa, KenyaMombassaMombassa, Kenya
These Africans migrants seem to have developed a concept of Shirazi origin as they moved further southwards, near Malindi and Mombasa, along the Mrima coast.
Originally flourishing with Swahili people but currently becoming a more cosmopolitan neighbourhood.

Bantu peoples

BantuBantusBantu people
By the time of the Persian settlement in the area, the earlier occupants had been displaced by incoming Bantu and Nilotic populations.
The Swahili culture that emerged from these exchanges evinces many Arab and Islamic influences not seen in traditional Bantu culture, as do the many Afro-Arab members of the Bantu Swahili people.

Mozambique

MozambicanMoçambiqueRepublic of Mozambique
Members primarily reside on the Swahili coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, littoral Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique. In the twelfth century, as the gold trade with the distant entrepot of Sofala on the Mozambique seaboard grew, the settlers are then said to moved southwards to various coastal towns in Kenya, Tanzania, northern Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.
Other groups include Makonde, Yao, Swahili, Tonga, Chopi, and Nguni (including Zulu).

Thawb

Jubbathobedishdasha
Traditional Islamic dress such as the jilbab and thob are also popular among the Swahili.
This garment is also known as Kanzu in Swahili, and is commonly worn on the Swahili Coast by Swahili men.

Sofala

Cape of SoffalaBúzi-SofalaNova Sofala
In the twelfth century, as the gold trade with the distant entrepot of Sofala on the Mozambique seaboard grew, the settlers are then said to moved southwards to various coastal towns in Kenya, Tanzania, northern Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.
Formally, Sofala continued to belong to the Kingdom of Mwenemutapa, the Swahili community paying tribute for permission to reside and trade there.

Ruins of Gedi

Gedi RuinsGede National MonumentGede
Many ruins may still be observed near the southern Kenyan port of Malindi in the Gede ruithere are fish peppelns (the lost city of Gede/Gedi).
Gedi is one of many medieval Swahili-Arab coastal settlements that stretch from Mogadishu, Somalia to the Zambezi River in Mozambique.

Shirazi people

ShiraziShirazi (ethnic group)Shirazis
There are two main theories about the origins of the Shirazi subgroup of the Swahili people.
Like the rest of the Swahili people, the Shirazi speak the Swahili language as a mother tongue.

Swahili culture

SwahiliSwahili Kingdomscoast of East Africa
Swahili culture is the culture of the Swahili people inhabiting the Swahili coast.

Swahili architecture

Swahili architecture is a term used today to designate a whole range of diverse building traditions practiced or once practiced along the eastern and southeastern coasts of Africa.

Mijikenda peoples

MijikendaMijikenda peopleNyika
Its closest relatives include Comorian spoken on the Comoros Islands, and the Mijikenda language of the Mijikenda people in Kenya.

Pokomo people

Pokomo
In-breeding between Pokomos and Arabs in Lamu is one possiblre origin of Swahili people, Swahili culture and the Swahili language (which evolved from Kingozi language) in East Africa as indicated in Nurse and Spears' book The Swahili, Reconstructing the History and Language of an African Society 800–1500.

Bantu languages

BantuBantu languageBantu-speaking
The Swahili speak the Swahili language, which belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.

Niger–Congo languages

Niger–CongoNiger-CongoNiger–Congo language family
The Swahili speak the Swahili language, which belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger-Congo family.

Dar es Salaam

Dar-es-SalaamDar es Salaam RegionDar es Salaam, Tanzania
The similarity to contemporary sites such at Mkokotoni and Dar es Salaam indicate a unified group of communities that developed into the first center of coastal maritime culture.

Shiraz

Shiraz, IranShiraziShíráz
Many Swahili claim a Shirazi origin.

Shirazi era

Arab merchantsShirazi
This forms the basis of the Shirazi era origin myth that proliferated along the coast at the turn of the millennium.