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Milk and Peace, Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics [Paperback]

Markus Virgil Hoehne , Markus Hoehne , Virginia Luling
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9 July 2010
This volume offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Somalia and Somaliland, one that transcends the usual boundaries and presents readers with a timely, incisive and compelling introduction to Somali culture, history and politics. Topics covered include: history, including the impact of the two colonial powers (Britain and Italy); the Somali poetic heritage and its relation to politics; the variations within Somali culture between northern/pastoral and southern/agro-pastoral populations; the question of the significance of clanship, including its relation to livestock trading networks, and the Somali 'total genealogy' and its origin; the political future since the breakdown of the centralised state; and, the role of the Somali Diaspora. There are chapters on the 'spirit possession cults', and on the Somali language, names and kinship terms. An introduction describes I.M. Lewis' career and discusses the legacy of over fifty years of his scholarship, assessing its impact on Somali society's view of itself and that of the wider academic and policy communities.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (9 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849040451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849040457
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An excellent introductory text to Somalis and the Somali-speaking lands.' --International Affairs

'The list of contributors to this volume reads like a Who's Who? of Somali Studies. Hoehne and Luling have mobilized many reputed scholars to contribute to this volume, but far from it being a ritualized homage to its subject, the book is an active engagement with Ioan Lewis' work. Many of the authors take up ideas of Lewis, the unquestioned doyen of Somali Studies, and thereby prove the vitality and continued relevance of Lewis' findings about Somali culture, society and politics.' --Professor Gunther Schlee, Director Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale, Germany

About the Author

Markus V. Hoehne is author of Somalia zwischen Krieg und Frieden. Strategien der friedlichen Konfliktaustragung auf internationaler und lokaler Ebene. Virginia Luling's publications include Somali Sultanate: the Geledi City State Over 150 Years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 28 Dec 2011
A wonderful collection on Somalia covering many aspects and well worth reading for any one with an interest in Somalia and its culture and history.
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