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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Cassanelli, Lee V., 1946-
The shaping of Somali society: reconstructing the history of a
pastoral people, 1600-1900
Published By: Original publisher
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 1982. xvi,
311 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Lee V. Cassanelli
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Traditional history (173);
Pastoral activities (233);
External trade (439);
External relations (648);
Prophets and ascetics (792);
Religious denominations (795);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a reconstructive and interpretive analysis of
Somali history during the three centuries preceding 1900 -- the pre-colonial period.
Throughout this work Cassanelli discusses social and political change, at least partly in
terms of the resources that are available within the region which can be drawn upon by
different corporate groups (p. 5). The study begins with a description of the basic
features of Somali society as they appeared at the start of the twentieth century, with
particualr reference to regional variation in culture, mode of production, and
socio-political organization. Somali historiography is then reviewed as it developed in the
twentieth century with a discussion of the issues that have molded our understanding of the
Somali past. This information sets the stage for the remainder of the document which
examines several of the processes that helped shape Somali society (e.g., pastoral power,
Islamic themes in history, commerce and economy, response to colonial occupation,
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-299) and
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Dec. 1970-Nov. 1971; Sept.-Dec. 1977
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ron Johnson, John Beierle ; 1996
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings