As oil-rich Gulf States seek to diversify away from non-renewable resources, the East African islands of Zanzibar court their aid to search for offshore fossil fuels in a quest to become the “Dubai of East Africa.” Yet such drilling agreements threaten to further disrupt competing coastal economies and ecologies already vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This project examines the ethical, political, and environmental stakes of this transnational enterprise, including the use of Islamic narratives to justify competing potential futures such as both extractive and sustainable orientations toward coastal resources.
Issa Haji Ziddy
Associate Professor of Religious Education, State University of Zanzibar
PhD Candidate, City University of New York
Mary Mtumwa Khatib
Research Officer, Lecturer, Department of Geography, State University of Zanzibar