Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900

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Bwana Mwengo bin Athman
(190 words)

Date of Birth: Unknown

Place of Birth: Pate, northern Kenya

Date of Death: Unknown; active in 1728

Place of Death: Probably Pate, northern Kenya


Almost nothing is known about this author’s life. In one of the last stanzas of Utendi wa Tambuka, he identifies himself as ‘Bwana Mwengo bin Athmani who wrote this poem on commission by Ahmed Fumo Luti, the Sultan of Pate, in 1728’. As stated in the first stanzas of …

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Vierke, Clarissa, “Bwana Mwengo bin Athman”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 16 July 2020 <>

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