The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

83 to nd out from him what he was doing as it seemed obvious he was bringing war to them. Hassan ibn Yārik's response was clear; he said: "I have come to claim the sultanate under my rule. There is no one more deserving than me, nor should anyone be Sultan over me. Emir Muhammad Kawāb had prevented me from claiming what was rightfully mine because of the animosity between us. Now that he's gone, tell Emir Ibrāhīm and all the people of Kilwa that they must surrender the rule of Kilwa to me, and address me as the Sultan in their speeches when I enter Kilwa." When this was conveyed back to the people of Kilwa, their response was no different from the response that had been