War Of Words, War Of Stones: Racial Thought And Violence In Colonial Zanzibar

Paperback | February 21, 2011

byJonathon Glassman

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The Swahili coast of Africa is often described as a paragon of transnational culture and racial fluidity. Yet, during a brief period in the 1960s, Zanzibar became deeply divided along racial lines as intellectuals and activists, engaged in bitter debates about their nation's future, ignited a deadly conflict that spread across the island. War of Words, War of Stones explores how violently enforced racial boundaries arose from Zanzibar's entangled history. Jonathon Glassman challenges explanations that assume racial thinking in the colonial world reflected only Western ideas. He shows how Africans crafted competing ways of categorizing race from local tradition and engagement with the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds.

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The Swahili coast of Africa is often described as a paragon of transnational culture and racial fluidity. Yet, during a brief period in the 1960s, Zanzibar became deeply divided along racial lines as intellectuals and activists, engaged in bitter debates about their nation's future, ignited a deadly conflict that spread across the isla...

Jonathon Glassman is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University. He is author of Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888, which was awarded the Herskovits Prize in African Studies.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:414 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:February 21, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025322280X

ISBN - 13:9780253222800

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Usage

Part 1. Introduction
1. Rethinking Race in the Colonial World
2. The Creation of a Racial State
Part 2. War of Words
3. A Secular Intelligentsia and the Origins of Exclusionary Ethnic Nationalism
4. Subaltern Intellectuals and the Rise of Racial Nationalism
5. Politics and Civil Society during the Newspaper Wars
Part 3. War of Stones
6. Rumor, Race, and Crime
7. Violence as Racial Discourse
8. "June" as Chosen Trauma
Conclusion and Epilogue: Remaking Race

Glossary
Notes
List of References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a towering achievement. Glassman has gone a long way toward setting the record straight about the sources of racial animosity in late colonial Zanzibar.... [T]his immeasurbaly brilliant book... will provide a new benchmark for understanding Zanzibari political history." -Journal of Historical Geography