Swahili, which belongs to the Bantu family of languages, is spoken as a mother-tongue on the east coast of Africa from the southern part of Somalia to the northern areas of Msumbiji (Mozambique) including the islands of Lamu, Pemba, Zanzibar, Mafia and the Comoros. Spoken extensively in Tanzania, Kenya, some parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo, Swahili has a long literary tradition, expressed in earlier centuries in the Arabic script, and is rich in oral literature. It is the national language of Tanzania and an official language of Kenya. This 4-year degree combines the study of the language of Swahili with the BA Study of Religions. There is a wide range of approaches in SOAS to the study of religions. Students on this degree may pursue a special interest in one tradition, but they are also expected to select from a broad range of other options (with or without some language study), and to learn about theories and methods in the study of religions.