In 1861, Sayyid Said bin Sultan, the ruler of Oman and Zanzibar, died while on his way from Muscat to Unguja. His death enabled the comeback of European occupation to Zanzibar and above.Continue reading “Tareikh Series: The Death of Sayyid Said and Its Aftermath”
Tareikh Series Season 3: Oman and East Africa Before Busaidi Rule
Sheikh Riadh Al Busaidi is back with his Tareikh Series and in this Season 3, he will be talking on the relations between Oman and East Africa before, during and after the coming of the Busaidi rule.Continue reading “Tareikh Series Season 3: Oman and East Africa Before Busaidi Rule”
The Fallen House of Wonders: A Chat with Professor Sheriff
The Zanzibar iconic building which stood as a symbol of the 19th century renaissance, commonly known as Jumba la Maajabu (Kiswahili), Beit Al ‘Ajaib (Arabic) and House of Wonders in English, has fallen down. For people who know the real value of this piece of art, this is a great loss. Professor Abdul Sheriff, one of the few renowned historians, is joining me in this chat.
30% West African, 1% Jew. Suprises From My DNA
No single human being is today geographically settled in a place where he used to be in 500 years ago. I was told this by my respected elder man, Professor Ibrahim Noor Sharif, some two years ago. He was trying to argue against those who opt for racial politics in Zanzibar, where the question of heritage and identity has been misused even in today´s politics. Continue reading “30% West African, 1% Jew. Suprises From My DNA”