Understanding Somalia and Somaliland by Ioan Lewis
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Understanding Somalia and Somaliland
By Ioan Lewis

Understanding Somalia and Somaliland

Culture, History and Society

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Understanding Somalia and Somaliland by Ioan Lewis

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Ioan Lewis details the history and culture of the Somali people, providing a unique window into this little-known culture and its increasingly public predicaments. He provides insight into the complex social, historical, and cultural hinterland that is the Somali heritage and pays close attention to the pervasive influence of traditional nomadism, especially its extremely decentralized nature. Lewis also addresses developments in the Somali political region since the collapse of the Republic in 1991, including the formation and steady development of the democratic state of Somaliland. Though it has grown into a de facto personality, this self-governing outpost of democracy is still officially unrecognized internationally. Lewis concludes with a discussion of the Islamist movement that brought a brief but astonishing period of stability to much of Southern Somalia in late 2006.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781850658986
ISBN-10: 1850658986
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Imprint: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ioan Lewis

Ioan Lewis is professor emeritus of anthropology at the London School of Economics and author of Arguments with Ethnography: Comparative Approaches to History, Politics, and Religion. He is recognised internationally as the leading academic authority on the history and cultures of the Somali people, on which he has written dozens of books and articles over the last fifty years.

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