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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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PODCAST PHOTO Podcast

We’re getting ready to record our January MAANDEEQ podcast. You can tweet your questions or comments to us for our #AskMaandeeq segment, comment here or on Facebook, email or through AskFm. Don’t forget to keep sending us recent #CadaanStudies material – books, magazines, articles, lectures, television/film, art, advertisements – for our monthly #CadaanStudies roundup.


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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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode, we discuss Somali representations in media and pop culture, Drake and East African girls, the challenges of pursuing creative careers, why it’s important to have the confidence of mediocre white men, and more.  


All Return Is Not The Same Return Blog

Who is the Somali? I talk about this a lot lately. There’s few things we acknowledge in our ideas of what it means to be Somali and who is often restricted from that category. It is precisely the displacement of Somalis across the globe that places us in the position to have to think about clarifying identity more broadly. Somalis in the diaspora are clamouring...

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Poem: “The Somalia That Once Was and Will Be” Blog

My grandmother was snatched by a lion’s mouth while wrapped up in a goat’s skin Luckily she slipped away from within This was told to me through oral tradition A poet nation’s rendition   My name is written in the Somali red sand. My roots fixed in Puntland Where the remnants of my ancestors stand   Where the livestock sit under the frankincense trees Refreshed...

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About Maandeeq

Maandeeq (she who “satisfies the mind”) is the name of the female camel that symbolically represented the Somali nation in poetry. It was she who was looted under colonialism, retrieved by her rightful owners at independence in 1960, and mistreated by dictatorship, corruption and war.

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