Kresse, Kai

Kresse, Kai, (*1969) is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and currently Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin. He has published a monograph, Philosophising in Mombasa: Knowledge, Islam and Intellectual Practice on the Swahili Coast (Edinburgh University Press 2007) and several edited collections, among them Reading Mudimbe (special issue of Journal of African Cultural Studies, 2005), Struggling with History: Islam and Cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean, with Edward Simpson (Hurst and Columbia University Press 2007), and Sagacious Reasoning: Henry Odear Oruka in memoriam, with Anke Graness (Peter Lang 1997). He is also part of the editorial team of polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy (


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