WWR Summer 2015 Blog

Here’s what a few members of the Maandeeq Collective are reading this summer: Ayan Current book: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin Genre: Fiction Why I’m reading it: I’ve never engaged with Baldwin’s work and decided to give his first major novel a shot. Thoughts so far: Baldwin’s deft writing skills are gripping; you will not feel time elapse as you whip...

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It Takes Two to Tango: The Security State and the Terrorist Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #2 Nairobi For the relatively well to do and internationally mobile Somalis, a flight out of Mogadishu is a welcome reprieve looked forward to with much anticipation. I, being one of those, was eagerly looking forward to a week in Nairobi after a few months of holding my breath in Mogadishu. In a jovial mood, on the airplane I decided to enlighten myself. I...

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The Moral Economy of Remittances Blog

It goes without saying, although in times like these it ought to be said, that remittances to Somalia and the Somali territories are vital to individual and communal sustenance. Remittances foster easily discernible links between the diaspora and the motherland and are easily quantifiable – although cold calculations of remittance contributions to the GDP fail to capture the scope of their relevance on the ground....

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The (Im)possibility of the Ethiopian Somali Blog

My dissertation research focuses on Somali nationalism as a spatial imagination – the ways in which Somalis imagined new geographies for the Horn of Africa, and for a time sought to reorganize political space into a Somali state without colonial boundaries: a Greater Somalia. To speak of the geography of the Somali people is to describe a cultural, ethnic and linguistic landscape which can be...

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Maandeeq Podcast, Episode 1 Podcast

In our first monthly podcast, we discuss the concept of Maandeeq and what we mean by the “Somalidemic”; the latest in #CadaanStudies; who hurt Nuruddin Farah; election related drama in Somalia and Somaliland; Somali independence 55 years on, and much more.  


Who Came Before the Somali? Pt. II Blog

Earlier this month I put up a post that shares a story, I would argue, is central to how we understand Somali personhood. As we examine further the story of the two brothers, one who eats unclean meat we must go beyond the story’s meaning. It is critical to consider what the story does, the function it serves in its retelling. Firstly, the eating of ritually impure meat...

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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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