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The Somali challenge : from catastrophe to renewal? /
edited by Ahmed I. Samatar.
Boulder : L. Rienner Publishers, 1994.
xiii, 297 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
1555873634 (alk. paper) :
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Boulder : L. Rienner Publishers, 1994.
1555873634 (alk. paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-280) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-12:
The subtitle of this edited book, "From Catastrophe to Renewal?" aptly sums up the work. It is a timely, perspicacious, and worthwhile look at many facets of Somali culture, history, and politics under the crushing weight of Burbur ("complete pulverization") which afflicted the country in the 1980s and 1990s. At the same time, The Somali Challenge is also about the future, and the various authors have all focused on where the elements of Somali economics, politics, and culture are heading. Among others, there are fine contributions by Maxamed Afax ("The Mirror of Culture"), Lidwien Kapteijns ("Women and the Crisis of Communal Identity"), and Ahmed Samatar ("The Curse of Allah"). This is a book which should be in all libraries seeking to cover contemporary African affairs; reading it will help all to better understand the complex interactions at work in the Horn of Africa. C. Potholm II; Bowdoin College
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Note on Somali Orthography
Introduction and Overviewp. 3
On Providing for the Futurep. 21
Jilaal, Gu, Hagaa, and Der: Living with the Somali Land, and Living Wellp. 27
Empty Bowl: Agrarian Political Economy in Transition and the Crises of Accumulationp. 65
The Curse of Allah: Civic Disembowelment and the Collapse of the State in Somaliap. 95
Dealing with Disintegration: U.S. Assistance and the Somali Statep. 147
Crises on Multiple Levels: Somalia and the Horn of Africap. 189
Women and the Crisis of Communal Identity: The Cultural Construction of Gender in Somali Historyp. 211
The Mirror of Culture: Somali Dissolution Seen Through Oral Expressionp. 233
Appendix: The Somali Challenge: Peace, Resources, and Reconstruction Conference Recommendationsp. 253
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 281
About the Contributorsp. 295
About the Bookp. 297
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