The Swahili Coast and its culture in the medieval period (roughly the tenth to fifteenth centuries) is relatively little studied, compared with other cultures of its size and influence, though it represents a key node in the development of global trade before the European Age of Discovery. Its history is known in broad strokes, but less is known about how the medieval Swahili lived and how they incorporated influences—from religion to architecture—from across the Indian Ocean world. Fleisher and his codirector, Stephanie Wynne-Jones of the University of York, looked for a site that would allow them to examine such questions in detail. “We had an inkling Songo Mnara would be that site,” he says, “but it has completely exceeded our expectations.
Discover what patrolling pirate infested waters off the coast of the Horn of Africa is like with the Danish Navy. (6lyt)
American writer abducted in Somalia.
A writer and travel journalist from Manhattan Beach, Calif. has been kidnapped by Somali pirates. [more inside]
are considering forming a "private navy
" of quick-response boats, crewed by armed mercenaries
, to protect Western shipping from attacks by so-called Somali pirates
Mike Thomson of the BBC makes a rare visit to the refugee camps in one of the most dangerous places on earth.
! Okay, so it has no government
that is recognized by another country. It has a provisional parliament
, though - but they usually opt to convene in another country's capital
, over 600 miles away, out of fear. But hey, look at the bright side: They've got a minister of tourism
, and he'll do his best to make sure you won't be kidnapped
. No guarantees, though - it can still happen