Tag: somali


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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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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Who Came Before the Somali? Pt. I Blog

By now there should be no real surprise that I am fascinated by orality and its connection to Somali personhood. Taking back Somali narratives requires a careful deconstruction and reframing of the very stories we believe to be true especially those that have become part of the fabric of who we consider ourselves to be as Somalis. So what are the stories we don’t examine...

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