ebbene menzionata sin dall'antichità, Zanzibar non è presente su molti libri contemporanei. Anche le guide turistiche presenti nel nostro paese scarseggiano.

Tra quelle maggiormente dettagliate consigliamo:

Edizioni MA. CO. Ltd, scritta con il cuore da Giovanni Tombazzi, un grande amante dell'isola. Un'opera di indiscutibile utilità, con pagine molto profonde nei contenuti.

Scritta anch'essa con l'anima dal dr. Gian Andrea Pagnoni, è l'unica guida acquistabile in Italia ed è presente nelle migliori librerie. E' edita dalla casa editrice Edizioni Fuori Tema. Ha un formato tascabile (13x19 cm), 150 pagine con 10 cartine in bianco e nero e 30 foto a colori. Costa circa 15 Euro. Viene anche distribuita dal Touring Club Italiano. Vivamente consigliata!

Un'opera realizzata totalmente a mano su pregiata carta Murillo, con una tiratura limitata a soli 500 esemplari.
Di grandi dimensioni (cm 30x42), protetta da un involucro in tessuto, contiene oltre alle pagine con gli aforismi, nr. 30 foto separabili ed incorniciabili. Un prezioso dono da fare alle persone più care o semplicemente a sé stessi per viaggiare anche con la mente. Costo: Euro 413.

"Oman and East Africa" by AI-Maamiry A, H. Lancers Books, New Delhi, 1979
"Omani Sultans in Zanzibar" by AI-Maamiry A, H. Lancers Books, New Delhi, 1988
"A History of the Arab State of Zanzibar" - by Bennett N, R. Methuen & Co Ltd, London, 1978. ISBN: 0416 55080 0 (Hardback)
"Trade and Empire in Muscat and Zanzibar" by Bhacker M, R. Routledge, London, 1992
Modern, very detailed book with specific reference to the Oman-Zanzibar link
"A Modern History of Tanganyika" by Iliffe, John. Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521 22024 African Studies Series 25
"The Exploitation of East Africa 1856-1890" by Coupland, R. Faber, London, 1939, The Slave Trade and the Scramble
"The Story of Africa" by Davidson, B. London, 1984
"History of Zanzibar from the Middle Ages to 1856" by Gray, J. Oxford University Press, London, 1962. Classic early history

"ln the Wake of de Gama" by Hamilton, G. London, 1951"Princes of Zinj" by Hamilton, G. Hutchinson, London, 1957
"The Permanent Way" by Hill M, H. East African Literature Bureau, Nairobi, 1949
History of the East African railways
"Zanzibar: Its History and People" by Ingrams W, H. Witherby, London, 1967
Guidebook and history from British colonial days
"Zanzibar in Contemporary Times" by Lyne R, N. Darf, London, 1905. Re-printed 1987
"Zanzibar: Tradition and Revolution" by Martin E, B. Hamish Hamilton, London,1978
"The Lunatic Express" by Miller, C. Macmillan, Ballantine Books, Random House
"A History of Post-War Africa" by Hatch, J.
"Africa: The Re-Birth of Self-Rule" by Hatch, J.
"The History of Britain in Africa" by Hatch, J.
"Historical Dictionary of Tanzania" by Ofcansky P, Thomas., and Yeager, R.The Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., & London, 1997. ISBN: 0-8108-3244-5. African Historical Dictionary Number 72
"History of the Kenyan railways" by House Inc, New York, 1971. Detailed background of British involvement in East Africa
"A History of East Africa - Volume I." Edited by Oliver, R., and Mathew, G. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1963
"A History of East Africa - Volume II." Edited by Harlow, V., and Chilwer E, M., Assisted by Smith, A., Introduction by Perham, M. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1965
"A History of East Africa - Volume III." Edited by Low D, A, and Smith, A.Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1976. ISBN: 0 19 821680 7
"The Scramble for Africa" by Pakenham, T. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1991
Good section on Zanzibar in the 1880s
"The lsland Metropolis of Eastern Africa" by Mjr Pearce F, B. Fisher Unwin, London, 1920. Guidebook from the British colonial days
"Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar" by Ruete, Emily (Born Salme binte Said AI-Busaidi). Markus Wiener Publishing, New York, 1989. Reprint and translation of "Memoiren einer Arabischen Prinzessin",1888
"Memoirs of an Arabian Princess: an Autobiography" by Ruete, Emily (Born Salme binte Said AI-Busaidi). The author was a daughter of one of the rulers of Zanzibar, she married a German and left for Europe. The book gives an interesting insight into the lives of women in Zanzibar at the time, 1907.
"An Arabian Princess Between Two Worlds" by Ruete, Emily (Born Salme binte Said AI-Busaidi), edited E. Van Donzel. E, J. Brill Publishing, Leiden, Netherlands, 1993. Memoirs, Letters, Sequels to the Memoirs. A very detailed and comprehensive account of Salme's life in Zanzibar, Germany and Syria. Includes a biography of her son, Said Ruete (later known as Rudolph Said-Ruete), plus details on Syrian customs.
"A History of East Africa 1592-1902" by Beachey R, W.Tauris Academic Studies, Tauris Publishers in London & New York. ISBN: 1 85043 994 X
"History of Zanzibar (From the Middle Ages to 1856)" by Gray, John.Oxford University Press, 1962
"Zanzibar Revolution and Its Aftermath" by Clayton, Anthony
"Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule" by Prof. Sheriff, Abdul and Ferguson.

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