June 30, 2013
June 23, 2013
(Editors note: this is an old article from a journal called Manuscripts of the Middle East, which I transcribed for the blog, as it contains a lot of useful information unavailable elsewhere on the web. I will continue to publish snippets of it in future posts. The article was written by Jan Knappert, a well known scholar of Swahili poetry, with several books to his name on the subject. In the interest of space, I have not included all the relevant citations, although should anyone want to consult them, I will be happy to provide them; simply leave a comment on the posting.)
June 8, 2013
Took a trip with the homie Mo to Sohar on this long weekend of Isra and Miraj. We walked around the old fort, which is currently under construction, and the brand new souq, which is finished, but as of yet, devoid of any tenants. Got some wonderful pics of some older guys playing hawalis, (Swahili: bao). In a couple years there the express road to Sohar should be complete, and you will no longer have to battle it out against trucks, roundabouts, construction, speeding motorists in the left lane and other inconveniences of the narrow two-lane road that runs from Muscat to Sohar. Also, it is almost time for ratb!