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I. General
Author: Abdul Karim bin Jamaldini (translated by A. Lorenz)
Title: Gedicht vom Majimaji-Aufstand
Source: Mitteilungen des Seminars für orientalische Sprachen an der Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität zu Berlin, Bd. XXXVI, Nr. 6, 1933, 227-259


II. Content
This poem was written by the religious scholar Abdul Karim bin Jamaldini. It describes the beginning and the course of the Maji Maji rebellion, as well as its suppression by the German colonial government and subsequent capture of the rebels. The author writes about the death of their leader, Hongo, and the continuation of the rebellion by other leading figures. The original titel was "Utenzi wa Vita vya Maji-Maji".


III. Further Remarks
The poem was originally written in Kiswahili and was translated by A. Lorenz in 1912 in Lindi. The original Kiswahili script was lost in 1914/1915. The writer, bin Jamaldini, a member of the Swahili Islamic intellectual elite, describes the events of the Maji Maji rebellion in Swahili literary form. He is thus able to express hidden criticism of the German colonial administration. His poem must be read 'between' the lines. Most of the verses consist of reported speech. Discussion and disputes among the leading actors are more fully portrayed than battles and attacks. In this way, he was able to voice his political opinions without being censored. The poem mentions several historical events, but they are not chronologically arranged and shift in time and place.
Abdul Karim bin Jamaldini was arguably a very ambivalent personality. While he held very critical views on the Maji Maji rebellion, he nonetheless joined the resistance movement. He was probably one of the strongest intellectual critics of German colonial rule in his time.
Further, there exists another translation of the poem into the english language written by W.H. Whitley, with a historical introduction by Miss Margaret Bates.


IV. Index
Persons:
(Ortsvorsteher) Bakari - Buheti - Schabrumo [Chabruma] - Ferusi - Fundi Kandirinya - Fundi Ntambo - (Ortvorsteher) Hama - (Ortsvorsteher) Hamadi - (farbiger Bürgermeister) Hassan bin Ismail - Hasan Duka - (Ortsvorsteher) Hatia - (Ortsvorsteher) Himba - (Anführer des Aufstandes) Hongohongo - Kinjara - Kitali - Litunu - Mpangani - Mtambo - Mtschekenje - Mualim Bakiri - Muhamadi Muhunzi - Nasoro Mpangani - Ndomondo - (Ortsvorsteher) Ngotangota - (Schech) Raschid [Raschid bin Mass´ud] - Saidi Makanjira - (Ortsvorsteher) Seleman Mamba - Songera - Sudi Katuri

Groups:
Wamakonde [Makonde] - Wamuera [Mwera] - Wangindo [Ngindo] - Wangoni [Ngoni] - Wandonde - Wayao [Yao]

Places:
Bisa - Chingongo - Ilulu - Jangwani - Kidete - Kiduni - Kiheru - (Bezirk) Kilwa - Kivinje - Kimpiji - Kiswere - (Bezirk) Lindi - Lutamba - (Bezirk) Mahenge - Mahuta - Mararani - Masassi - Mayani - Mbwemkuru - Mdenga - Mikunga - Mitema - Mitori - Mkata - Mnidu - Mohoro - Mroweka - Mtange - Mtembu - Mtua - Mtutu - Muhoro - Nambiranje - Nanembo - Nanyanje - Narupudi - Ngapa - Ngongo - Noto - Ras Dege - Reyala - Rovuma - Rufiji - Rusewa - Rutende - Ruwango - (Küstenort) Samanga - Sasawara - (Berge) Singino - (Bezirk) Songea - Songo - Tanga - Tangata - Tschitwene - Ungoni



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