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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Lewis, I. M.
A pastoral democracy: a study of pastoralism and politics
among the northern Somali of the Horn of Africa
Published By: Original publisher
London ; New York: Published for the International African
Institute by Oxford University Press. 1961. xiii, 320 p., plates ill., maps
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by I. M. Lewis
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1997. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
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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
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Sigrid Khera ; John Beierle ; 1970-1974
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Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern
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