Swahili people

Swahili people

About Swahili people

The Swahili people are a Bantu ethnic group and culture found in East Africa. They mainly reside on the Swahili Coast, in an area encompassing Zanzibar, coastal Kenya, Tanzania and north Mozambique. The name Swahili is derived from the Arabic word Sawahil, meaning 'coastal dwellers', and they speak the Swahili language. Only a small fraction of those who use Swahili are first language speakers and even fewer are ethnic Swahilis. The Swahili are Bantu inhabitants on the coast of East Africa, in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. They are mainly united under the mother tongue of Kiswahili, a Bantu language. This also extends to Arab, Persian, and other migrants who reached the coast some believe as early as the 7th-8th c. CE, and mixed with the local people there, providing considerable...'

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