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Justin Raycraft, “Islamic Discourses of Environmental Change on the Swahili Coast of Southern Tanzania”

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Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is joined this week by Prof. Justin Raycraft (Lethbridge) to discuss his 2021 paper, “Islamic Discourses of Environmental Change on the Swahili Coast of Southern Tanzania.” Their conversation covers not just Prof. Raycraft’s fascinating analysis of Islam’s role in his respondents’ interpretation of a changing environment, but covers in depth the ethnographic process by which he collected his data and the broader economic, environmental, and ethnographic contexts of coastal Tanzania.

Prof. Raycraft completed his PhD in Anthropology at McGill in 2022 and, after a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Harvard University, he has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Lethbridge since late in the same year. His research in coastal Tanzania has led to a number of published articles.


Image credit: “View of Tanzania taken during ISS Expedition 35 (ISS035-E-24895),” featuring capes, bays and Msimbati, by Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”