Return To Zanzibar

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01Episode 1 - Heart And Soul20090718

Writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown returns to Zanzibar, the idyllic island she visited as a child

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN returns to Zanzibar on a personal journey, to the idyllic island she visited as a child.

It was here during holidays with her mother in the 1950s and 1960s that she first found the remnants of caves, used to hold thousands of slaves. At one time Zanzibar, owned by the Sultan of Oman, was at the centre of the slave trade across East Africa.

In the first of two programmes for Heart and Soul, Yasmin returns to Zanzibar to find out about the legacy of slavery, and what role her Islamic faith had in the slave trade.

01Episode 1 - Heart And Soul20090719
02Return To Zanzibar - 2 - Heart And Soul20090725

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown looks at the political battles of 20th century Zanzibar.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN returns to Zanzibar on a very personal journey, to the idyllic island she visited as a child. It was here during holidays with her mother in the 1950s and 1960s that she first found the remnants of caves, used to hold thousands of slaves, and learnt about Zanzibar's slave past.
 
In the second of two programmes, Yasmin, explores how far the legacy of slavery and the memories of injustice were used to fight political battles in the 20th century. For Yasmin, the Revolution in 1964 marked the end of her visits to the island of her childhood, and shattered her hopes that Africans, Indians and Arabs could live in harmony. In Heart and Soul she talks to survivors of the uprising, and asks whether the history of this island will ever be laid to rest.

02Return To Zanzibar - 2 - Heart And Soul20090726