Lewis, I. M.. The Somali lineage system and the total genealogy: a general introduction to basic principles of Somali political institutions

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Title: The Somali lineage system and the total genealogy: a general introduction to basic principles of Somali political institutions

Published By: Hargeisa, British Somaliland: [s.n.], 1957. HRAF Ms: i, 1-72 p. [original: ii, 139 p.]: [incomplete]

By line: I. M. Lewis

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Somali (MO04)

Subjects: Lineages (613); Social stratification (560);

Abstract: This is a report for administrative officials in the Somali country. It is concerned with the Somali political institutions which Lewis shows to be based on the lineage system. In the sections included here, Lewis discusses kinship, lineage alliances, adoption and genealogical fictions, the position of Asian immigrants, the separate status of Sab bondsmen, the construction of the total genealogy, descent from Arabia, deviant claims of Arabian descent, and independent Arabian clans of sheikhs and teachers. Lewis taught at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Document Number: 14

Document ID: mo04-014

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Report on C.D. and W. [Colonial Development and Welfare] Scheme R. 632 Anthropological Research. Includes bibliographical references (p. 69-72) Only pp. 42-94, 137-139 are included.

Field Date: 1955-1957

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1955-1957

Coverage Place: Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia

LCSH: Somalis

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