The Story of Swahili

The Story of Swahili
TitleThe Story of Swahili
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorMugane, John M.
Number of Pages324
PublisherOhio University Press
CityAthens, Ohio
ISBN or ASIN Number978-0-89680-292-6
KeywordsAfrica, Education, history, Swahili

Swahili, or more properly Kiswahili, was once an obscure littoral dialect of an East African Bantu language. Today more than one hundred million people use Swahili, making it one of the few truly international languages: Swahili is to eastern and central Africa what English is to the world. How this came about and why, of all African languages, it happened only to Swahili is the story that John M. Mugane sets out to explore.