Author Archives: Iman M



Iman M

Iman M. is interested in customary law, Italian colonialism, and the changing urban landscape of Mogadishu. You can find her on twitter at @iimaanm.

Reimagining Somali Studies: A Reflection
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Reimagining Somali Studies: A Reflection

  About a month ago, “Re-Imagining Somali Studies: Colonial Pasts, Postcolonial Futures,” a paradigm-shifting Somali Studies workshop, took place at Harvard University. Its catalyst, #CadaanStudies, began a little more than a year ago with Safia Aidid’s call to action about erasure and the nature of epistemic violence on Somalis through an academic discipline known as Somali Studies, of which most Somalis had no knowledge of despite its...

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11 May 2016
Federalism: By the People or For Them?
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Federalism: By the People or For Them?

For too many Somalis, the federalism project seems to be a foregone conclusion. The Federal Republic of Somalia was proclaimed almost exactly three years ago and we have had transitional federal governments for years before that. So what is federalism? Why is federalism presented as the only option for Somalia? Who chose federalism for us? I’ve been ruminating on these questions for a while and I shall...

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21 Aug 2015
Return and Unbelonging
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Return and Unbelonging

Dispatches, No.1 Mogadishu The effect of a cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want...

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01 Jul 2015