Understanding Somalia and Somaliland: Culture, History, Society

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Columbia University, 2008 - History - 139 pages
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Ioan Lewis details the history and culture of the Somali people, providing a unique window into this little-known culture and its increasingly public predicaments. He provides insight into the complex social, historical, and cultural hinterland that is the Somali heritage and pays close attention to the pervasive influence of traditional nomadism, especially its decentralized nature.

Lewis also addresses developments in the Somali political region since the collapse of the Republic in 1991, including the formation and steady development of the democratic state of Somaliland. Though it has grown into a de facto personality, this self-governing outpost of democracy is still officially unrecognized internationally. Lewis concludes with a discussion of the Islamist movement that brought a brief but astonishing period of stability to much of Southern Somalia in late 2006.

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A short book about Somalia and Somaliland with focus on the political history and the events leading up to and including the 'civil war' as well as the pastoral lifestyle in Somalia. Pretty dry and ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Smith - Goodreads

This is a tough one - Gerard Prunier likes it so that's generally good enough for me. I need some guidance on the content as some of it varies rather dramatically with some of the impressions I have ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ioan Lewis is professor emeritus of anthropology at the London School of Economics and author of Arguments with Ethnography: Comparative Approaches to History, Politics, and Religion.

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