Iranian migrants in East Africa

2021-03-07 19:51:27

Iranians have a long history of ties with the East African coast. The most significant aspect of these relations is the immigration of a group of Iranians from Shiraz to the coasts and islands of East Africa, about one thousand years ago.

The historical immigration of Shirazis from Iran to the Eastern coast of Africa influenced the formation of the Swahili culture and civilization.

The most pervasive are stories of origin from Shiraz. Historical accounts tell of the voyage of seven ships manned by a father who left Shiraz with his six sons for East Africa. He later established permanent settlements of across a vast region of the eastern coast of Africa.

These Iranians from Shiraz had deep and long standing social and cultural impacts on indigenous peoples of East and Southern East African coasts. Many elements of Iranian culture and civilization are still visible in parts of today’s Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Comoros.


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