This book provides a historical ethnography of the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. It describes local legends, and their important social function in recording and constituting the oral history of the islands. The book also provides a detailed and lively account of the society in the islands.

Preface, Introductory, Part I - Historical, A. Early History and External Influences, B. Later History of the Native Tribes, C. History of Modern Zanzibar, Part II - Ethnological, A. Foreign Influences, B. Native Tribes of Zanzibar, Bibliography, Index