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Understanding Somalia and Somaliland : culture, history, society /
Ioan M. Lewis.
imprint
New York : Columbia University, 2008.
description
xii, 139 p.
ISBN
9780231700849 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Columbia University, 2008.
isbn
9780231700849 (hardback : alk. paper)
general note
First published in London by Hurst Publishers in 2008.
catalogue key
6720504
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This type of essential description and assessment of a culture and a history can come only from an author so permeated by his subject that writing about it flows in the smooth fashion of a natural phenomenon. If there is one clear lesson that emerges from Ioan Lewis's precise and sweeping assessment it is that Somalia is a walking and moving exception to many rules about the nation-state. Required reading for anyone dealing with Somalia, from diplomats and journalists to NGOs and members of the United Nations." -- Gérard Prunier, author of The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide
"This type of essential description and assessment of a culture and a history can come only from an author so permeated by his subject that writing about it flows in the smooth fashion of a natural phenomenon. If there is one clear lesson that emerges from Lewis's precise and sweeping assessment it is that Somalia is a walking and moving exception to many rules about the nation-state. Required reading for anyone dealing with Somalia, from diplomats and journalists to NGOs and the United Nations." -- Gérard Prunier, author of The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide
This type of essential description and assessment of a culture and a history can come only from an author so permeated by his subject that writing about it flows in the smooth fashion of a natural phenomenon. If there is one clear lesson that emerges from Ioan Lewis's precise and sweeping assessment it is that Somalia is a walking and moving exception to many rules about the nation-state. Required reading for anyone dealing with Somalia, from diplomats and journalists to NGOs and members of the United Nations.
"This type of essential description and assessment of a culture and a history can come only from an author so permeated by his subject that writing about it flows in the smooth fashion of a natural phenomenon. If there is one clear lesson that emerges from Ioan Lewis's precise and sweeping assessment it is that Somalia is a walking and moving exception to many rules about the nation-state. Required reading for anyone dealing with Somalia, from diplomats and journalists to NGOs and members of the United Nations." -- G rard Prunier, author of The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide
A sober guide to... why Somalia is much more complicated than most foreigners and diplomats pretend, is Ioan Lewis of the London School of Economics-Britain's, if not the world's, foremost expert on that country. His Understanding Somalia and Somaliland is an excellent short introduction to the tribal, geographic, and historical complexities of a place he has studied, lived in, and visited for several decades.
"A sober guide to... why Somalia is much more complicated than most foreigners and diplomats pretend, is Ioan Lewis of the London School of Economics& -Britain's, if not the world's, foremost expert on that country. His Understanding Somalia and Somaliland is an excellent short introduction to the tribal, geographic, and historical complexities of a place he has studied, lived in, and visited for several decades." -- Carne Ross, New Statesman
"A sober guide to... why Somalia is much more complicated than most foreigners and diplomats pretend, is Ioan Lewis of the London School of Economics& -Britain's, if not the world's, foremost expert on that country. His Understanding Somalia and Somalilandis an excellent short introduction to the tribal, geographic, and historical complexities of a place he has studied, lived in, and visited for several decades." -- Carne Ross, New Statesman
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Summaries
Main Description
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 extremely 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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. vi
Prefacep. ix
The People and their Traditionsp. 1
Colonial Rule and Independence: Nomads and Farmers, Socialism and Warp. 27
The Collapse in Southern Somaliap. 71
Somaliland and Puntlandp. 93
Appendixes
Somali clan familiesp. 109
Bibliographyp. 110
Glossary of termsp. 121
Chronologyp. 123
Refugeesp. 129
Indexp. 135
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