Publication "Omani Presence in East Africa"

In cooperation with the Omani cultural magazine "Nizwa Magazine", an international team of filmmakers and experts explored the topic of mutual cultural and social exchange between Oman and East Africa from 2018 to 2023. To this end, the core team of the project, including Georg Popp, undertook research trips to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Descendants of the Omani traders still live there today and are part of local society, not only in Zanzibar, the centre of the Omani trading empire in the 19th century.

In addition to 3 documentary films, a non-fiction book with many illustrations, written by Georg Popp, was also produced, in which the knowledge gained from the project and statements by renowned experts are summarised.

The book deals with the mutual influence and exchange between the two cultures, for example in the areas of clothing, agriculture, politics, art, religion, society and music, but also includes topics such as the ivory and slave trade. Also largely unknown in the West is the role of the Omani trader Tippu Tip, who provided decisive assistance to almost all European African explorers, be it David Livinston or Morton Stanley.

The institutions involved in the project included the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren, Belgium, and the national archives in Oman and Zanzibar.

The book is only printed in a small edition and is not commercially available.

However, it is intended to make it available for everybody as download pdf later on this year.

"Omani Presence in East Africa"
320 pages, many illustrations

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