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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#AskMaandeeq Blog / Podcast

We’re getting ready to record our first MAANDEEQ podcast later this week. 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.


Our New BFF: Turkey and Somalia’s Strengthening Relationship Blog

For a few years now, I’ve been trying to figure out what to make of Turkey’s interest in Somalia. Since 2011, Turkey has been playing a leading role in Somalia’s rebuilding process; along with providing hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian relief, they have invested heavily in major infrastructure projects such as the renovation of the Aden Adde airport. The undertaking of such grand...

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A Brief Exploration of Somali Diasporic Identity Blog

For all intents and purposes, this piece centres around an ostensibly un-Somali topic: coffee shops. I love coffee. I daydream about coffee. I audibly squeal with joy when I taste a perfectly brewed cup. I could spend the equivalent of full working days in cafés and roasteries, relishing in the (expected) moment of returning home to sniff the faint odours of coffee beans that have married...

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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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