Lewis, I. M.. A pastoral democracy: a study of pastoralism and politics among the northern Somali of the Horn of Africa

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Title: A pastoral democracy: a study of pastoralism and politics among the northern Somali of the Horn of Africa

Published By: London ; New York: Published for the International African Institute by Oxford University Press, 1961. xiii, 320 p., plates: ill., maps

By line: by I. M. Lewis

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

Culture: Somali (MO04)

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Abstract: This book is a descriptive analysis of the socio-political structure of the Somali. The bulk of the material is drawn from the former British Protectorate of Somaliland. There pastoralism is of greater importance than to the south where grain cultivation is also practiced. Political life is to a high degree determined by lineage and clan adherence as well as loyalty to the DIA-paying lineage contract group. Political parties, though based upon such grouping, tend now, however, to emphasize national unity. Negation of lineage-and clan affiliation for the sake of a higher unit had been the ideal, though not operating in practice, of the religious Muslim Orders (TAARIQUA). In this case, Muslim brotherhood represented the higher unit. The book concentrates on the developments since the 1930's, but gives due consideration to earlier conditions.

Document Number: 18

Document ID: mo04-018

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-312) and index

Field Date: 1955-1957

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: Sigrid Khera ; John Beierle ; 1970-1974

Coverage Date: ca. 1930-1955

Coverage Place: Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia

LCSH: Somalis

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