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The Politics Of Education In The Colonial Period III: Teachers

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This chapter discusses the development of teacher training and staff recruitment. It focuses on the relationship among teachers, both English and local, and presents major themes in respect of colonial careers through a number of case studies. The chapter then describes two of Zanzibar's best known scholars and colonial teachers, Abdallāh Ṣāliḥ al-Farsy and Sayyid ̔Umar ̔Abdallāh in order to show how Zanzibari scholars negotiated their position within the Protectorate administration and how changes in the educational system affected the colonial and postcolonial careers of teachers and scholars. Abdallāh Ṣāliḥ al-Farsy remains an enigmatic person with respect to a number of aspects of his life and career. Being a central figure of Zanzibar's and later Kenya's scholarly networks in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the chapter tries to re-evaluate his legacy and to provide explanations for some of the more enigmatic aspects of his career.

Keywords: Abdallāh Ṣāliḥ al-Farsy; colonial teachers; Sayyid ̔Umar ̔Abdallāh



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