Tracing the Contours of Empire in Mombasa – I

A three-part article about Mombasa, which explores the city’s history and its various communities and cultural traditions. In doing so the article discusses the importance of pluralism for post-colonial societies. It may be of interest to those who hail from East Africa.

Ava Gardner in 'Bhowani Junction'
Ava Gardner in ‘Bhowani Junction’

By Arsalan Ali Faheem for The Friday Times Pakistan

There are names of places inscribed in your mind. Names that you would have come across in a book, a postage stamp or a film. You have not visited them, nor do you think you ever will. Until recently, Mombasa was such a place in my mind. However, life’s undulating nature often surprises, and recently took me to this old port city of Kenya. This is my account.

In view of the coastline, I am seated on the lower deck of the Mombasa Club. Built in 1897, the club is a well-preserved relic from the days of the British Protectorate for East Africa. It is located on the southern edge of the city, facing the Old Town of Mombasa at one end and the waters of the Indian Ocean at the other.

More at the source: The Friday Times / Arsalan Ali Faheem / 1st June 2018

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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