The Karimjee Jivanjee Family

Merchant Princes of East Africa 1800-2000

Gijsbert Oonk

Gijsbert Oonk

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

172 pages | 26 color plates, 120 halftones | 9 1/2 x 11 1/4 | © 2009
Cloth $79.95 ISBN: 9789085550273 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The Karimjee family has played a major role in shaping the political and economic history of East Africa for over two hundred years. Here Gijsbert Oonk draws from a variety of sources as well as interviews with the family and associates to offer a comprehensive biography of the Karimjee Jivanjee family, tracing their rise from nineteenth-century immigrant traders to today’s political and business leaders. Combining family and political history with cultural anthropology, this beautifully designed and illustrated volume is a monument to cultural roots and family tenacity.


Foreword by Hatim Karimjee

1. Introduction
2. Connecting Asia and Africa
3. The Making of a Trading Empire, 1880–1924
Portrait: Yusufali Karimjee, 1882–1966
4. From Trades to Estates, 1925–1963
A Short History of Sisal
Portrait: Abdulla Mohamedali Karimjee, 1899–1978
5. Political Turmoil and Economic Decline, 1964–1990
Portrait: Abdulkarim Yusufali Karimjee, 1906–1977
6. Religion, Politics and Charity, 1880–2000
Portrait: Tayabali Karimjee, 1897–1987
7. Explaining the Past While Looking at the Future

Acknowledgement and sources
List of Nationalised Properties

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