The Karimjee Jivanjee Family
Merchant Princes of East Africa 1800-2000
Distributed for Amsterdam University Press
The Karimjee family has played a major role in shaping the political and economic history of East Africa for over two hundred years. Here Gijsbert Oonk draws from a variety of sources as well as interviews with the family and associates to offer a comprehensive biography of the Karimjee Jivanjee family, tracing their rise from nineteenth-century immigrant traders to today’s political and business leaders. Combining family and political history with cultural anthropology, this beautifully designed and illustrated volume is a monument to cultural roots and family tenacity.