Talib wrote:Are most speakers of Swahili Muslims? The language has become a lingua franca of the region, extending far beyond its original Urheimat.kwami wrote:You'd have the same religious significance for the Swahili.
In Zanzibar essentially everyone is Muslim. And Zanzibar is still a bit separatist. Swahili was partially "de-islamized" by the British, and this has caused some resentment among Muslims. So no, among Christians & animists, many of whom have historically seen Swahili as the language of the Arab slave trade, there is no love lost with the Arabic script, assuming they even know of it, which many probably do not. But it still does have religious significance for the Swahili people, I mean the ethnic Swahili, who are overwhelmingly Muslim.