Below is a selection of readings focusing on the urban history of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the 20th century.


  • Bender, Jan S. Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the Present. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007
  • Brennan, James, Burton, Andrew and Lawi, Yus. (Ed.) Dar es Salaam. Histories from an Emerging African Metropolis. Oxford: African Books Collective, 2007.
  • Burton, Andrew. (Ed.) The Urban Experience in Eastern Africa c.1750-2000. Nairobi: Institute in Eastern Africa, 2002
  • Calas, Bernard. From Dar Es Salaam to Bongoland: Urban Mutations in Tanzania. African Books Collective, 2010.
  • Havnevik, Kjell. and Isinika, Aida C. Tanzania in Transition: From Nyerere to Mkapa. Oxford: African Books Collective, 2010
  • John, Ibrahim Werrema. After 50 Years: The Promised Land is Still Too Far! 1961 – 2011. Oxford: African Books Collective, 2012
  • Mbogoni, Lawrence. Aspects of Colonial Tanzania History. Oxford: African Books Collective, 2012
  • Seifert, Annika. (Ed.) Global City Local Identity? Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota, 2013



  • Brennan, J. R. (2008). Destroying Mumiani: Cause, Context, and Violence in Late Colonial Dar es Salaam. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 2(1), 95–111.
  • Briggs, J., & Mwamfupe, D. (1999). The changing nature of the peri‐urban zone in Africa: Evidence from Dar‐es‐Salaam, Tanzania. Scottish Geographical Journal, 115(4), 269–282.
  • Guma, P. K. (2016). The governance and politics of urban space in the postcolonial city: Kampala, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Africa Review, 8(1), 31–43.
  • Hallam, Julia. “Mapping City Space: Independent Film-makers as Urban Gazetteers.” Journal of British Cinema and Television 4.2 (2007): 272-84
  • Hooper, M., & Cadstedt, J. (2014). Moving Beyond “Community” Participation: Perceptions of Renting and the Dynamics of Participation Around Urban Development in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. International Planning Studies, 19(1), 25–44.
  • Heathcott, Joseph. “Heritage in the Dynamic City: The Politics and Practice of Urban Conservation on the Swahili Coast.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 215–37.
  • Layson, J. P., & Nankai, X. (2015). Public participation and satisfaction in urban regeneration projects in Tanzania: The case of Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam. Urban, Planning and Transport Research, 3(1), 68–87.
  • Lewinson, A. S. (2007). Viewing postcolonial Dar es Salaam, Tanzania through civic spaces: a question of class. African Identities, 5(2), 199–215.
  • McLees, L. (2013). A Postcolonial Approach to Urban Studies: Interviews, Mental Maps, and Photo Voices on the Urban Farms of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Professional Geographer, 65(2), 283–295.
  • Porter, L., Lombard, M., Huxley, M., Ingin, A. K., Islam, T., Briggs, J., Watson, V. (2011). “The Land Formalisation Process and the Peri-Urban Zone of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania” in “Informality, the Commons and the Paradoxes for Planning”,Planning Theory & Practice, 12(1), 115–153.
  • Smiley, S.L. “Mental maps, segregation, and everyday life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.” Journal of Cultural Geography Vol.30 (2013)
What do you think about these? Do you recommend other readings on Dar es Salaam, about architectural history, cultural practices and other forms of heritage?