Culture and Customs of Somalia (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 198 pages
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Somalia, the Horn of Africa nation, is finally recovering from recent wars and famine. Written by a native Somali, "Culture and Customs of Somalia" gives students and interested readers an in-depth look at the land and people, past and present. It is the only accessible, comprehensive, and up-to-date general reference on this country. Somalia was once colonized by Europeans, but Abdullahi's superb survey, with its historical context, evokes a Somaliland from a Somali viewpoint.

This Muslim country has strong pastoral roots and is known as a land of poets with a long oral cultural tradition. Some highlights found herein include discussion of handcrafts and artisanry, distinctive architecture and nomad housing, camel culture, intriguing food and eating customs, rites of passage, leisure and economic pursuits, education, and the Somali musical genres. A chronology, glossary, and numerous photos enhance the text.

  

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Describes the land, people, vegetation, government, and culture throughout history of the area now called Somalia. The introduction relates Somalia's long history, describes how its varied geography ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Religion and Thought
55
Literature Drama and Media
71
Art Architecture and Housing
95
Cuisine and Traditional Dress
109
Gender Roles Marriage and Family
119
Social Customs and Lifestyle
137
Music and Dance
169
Glossary
181
Selected Bibliography
183
Index
189
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About the author (2001)

MOHAMED DIRIYE ABDULLAHI, formerly a journalist in Somalia, is now an independent language consultant and translator in Montreal.

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