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Translation Not Possible Blog

There is an episode of Star Trek’s The Next Generation (yes, I am a sci-fi nerd) where we are introduced to an alien species that only communicates through metaphors and allegories. This method of communication is incomprehensible to others who only hear the nonsensical strings of individual words, even with the technology to translate languages universally. Whenever I watch an old Somali riwaayad, the ones...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode, we discuss a British run dhaqan celis camp in Wales; #cadaanstudies as an analytic to question and disrupt the narratives of the ‘war on terror’; deaf advocacy in the Somali community, and more.


In the Archives Blog

In February of 2015, my father, Said Sheikh Samatar, took a fall down the stairs of his home in South Orange, NJ and suffered a brain injury from which he did not recover. A year later, I am thinking about him through his things. These things are objects that carry words, written and recorded. They are in my office, some of them still in boxes....

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In the Borderlands Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #5 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia I sit on a quiet patio in Bole on a Sunday afternoon, catching up with an old friend from Canada who, like me, is completing a PhD in history in the United States. Like me, she is a child of the diaspora, born abroad to parents from the Horn, retracing and rediscovering roots alongside academic research. It strikes me that...

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Open for Submissions Blog / Featured

Maandeeq is always looking for original and innovative content. Our posts typically average 600-800 words. Take a look at the Maandeeq manifesto, blog posts and podcasts to get a sense of our style and audience: knowledgeable but accessible, informative, and critical. Our contributors identify as Somali, and write about a diverse array of topics relating to the Somali territories and diaspora. We encourage you to...

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The Conditions of Gabar Xishood Leh, an Idealized Somali Womanhood Blog

Years ago, on a bleak winter afternoon, I had my tongue professionally pierced in Toronto. I had numerous piercings beforehand so my family should have been accustomed to my piercing tendencies. Unfortunately, judging from their reactions—ranging from bemused to horrified—that was not the case. The most vocal critics were my parents: my mother bemoaned at what she considered a desecration of a God-given body and...

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