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Women in Zanzibar

Joanna Lipper | Zanzibar

Organization: W.E.B Du Bois Institute Harvard University

Women in Zanzibar trace their lineage back to Swahili, Arab, Indian, Goan, Shirazi, African, Persian and Omani origins. Many are of mixed race, reflecting both the cultural synthesis and the ethnic conflict that have shaped the arc of Zanzibar’s complex history.

Joanna Lipper traveled to Zanzibar in the summer of 2009 to photograph women of diverse religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in both urban and rural settings. The women she photographed trace their lineage back to Swahili, Arab, Indian, Goan, Shirazi, African, Persian and Omani origins.  Many were of mixed race, reflecting the cultural synthesis and ethnic conflict that have shaped the arc of Zanzibar’s complex history.

The women I photographed in Zanzibar trace their lineage back to Swahili, Arab, Indian, Goan, Shirazi, African, Persian and Omani origins.  Many were of mixed race, reflecting the cultural synthesis and ethnic conflict that have shaped the arc of Zanzibar’s complex history.   

 

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