The Invention of Somalia

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Ali Jimale Ahmed
The Red Sea Press, 1995 - History - 265 pages
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The first real attempt by scholars on Somalia to identify and analyze the basic assumptions which had informed the construction of the now discredited Somalia myth.
 

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Contents

CAMELS INTELLECTUALS ORIGINS AND DANCE
63
MYTH OR REALITY
81
DAYBREAK is NEAR WONT You BECOME SOUR? GOING
135
IDENTITY DANCE AND ISLAM AMONG PEOPLE
191
ON CRITIQUES OF THE INVENTION OF SOMALIA
223
APPENDIX 1
255
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