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East African Muslim in Exile: Zanzibar’s Nationalists and Muslim Critiques of State Tyranny in Zanzibar, 1964-1985

Monday, February 3, 2020 at 4:30pm to 5:20pm

Morrill Hall, 404
Cornell University Dept, 159 Central Avenue, Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA

This presentation examines the articles of the Free Zanzibar Voice, a key exile publication of the post-revolution period, published by a former editor of Mwongozi, Ahmed Seif Kharusi. Kharusi went into exile with the sultan and settled in the UK. There he published letters by dissidents within Zanzibar as well as political commentary, critiques of the Union, and satirical anti-regime poetry, as well as representing the ZNP as the true voice of an authentic, albeit underground Muslim political culture in Zanzibar. I read the FZV alongside other publications of the period to explore questions of religious transformations through exile, and the various idioms of postcolonial political arguments that crossed national borders in the era of the Cold War. Co-sponsored with the Institute for African Development

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, History, Comparative Literature, Government, Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations, Law, and History, Development Sociology, Diversity, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Learning, International Programs, Department of Development Sociology (DSOC), Global Cornell, Institute for African Development


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Nate Matthews

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Africana Studies, SUNY Binghamton

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