The Bantu - Jareer Somali: Unearthing Apartheid in the Horn of Africa (Paperback)

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Somalia is generally thought of as a homogenous society, with a common Arabic ancestry, a shared culture of nomadism and one Somali mother tongue. This study challenges this myth. Using the Jareer/Bantu as a case study, the book shows how the Negroid physical features of this ethnic group has become the basis for ethnic marginalization, stigma, social exclusion and apartheid in Somalia. The book is another contribution to the recent deconstruction of the perceived Somali homogeneity and self-same assertions. It argues that the Somalis, just like most societies, employ multiple levels of social and ethnic distinctions, one of which is the Jareer versus Jileec divide. Dr. Eno successfully portrays another Somalia, in which a mythical homogeneity masks the oppression and social exclusion suffered by some ethnic groups in the country ------------------------------------------------------------ "An important and empirically compelling book.. It is bound to usher a new era in which Somali scholarship must confront how to close the gap between the theoretically assumed homogenous and empirically diverse Somalia. Dr Eno's work is easily the most comprehensive and current examination of the social and cultural diversity of the Somali society, and particularly hitherto unacknowledged racialized aspects of Somalia." -- Abdi M. Kusow Professor of Sociology, Oakland University, USA "The story is told of a Somali parliamentary delegation in the U.S. during the turbulent years of the 1960s. An American journalist asked one of the Somali lawmakers what he thought of the civil rights movement in America. 'No comment, ' the lawmaker said, 'for we have a similar problem in Somalia.' The "problem" the lawmaker was referring to is the Bantu-Jareer question in Somali history.. In The Bantu-Jareer Somalis: Unearthing Apartheid in the Horn of Africa, Dr. Mohamed Eno traces the etymology of the sort of saga that frames and informs the Somali lawmaker's response.. By analyzing the intersections between nation, culture, ethnicity and narrative, Dr. Eno turns Somali history upside down, and inside out." -- Ali Jimale Ahmed, Professor of Comparative Literature, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, __________________________________________ Mohamed A. Eno is on the academic faculty of ADNOC Technical Institute (ATI) in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, where he teaches ESL in the Foundation Program. He is Dean of St Clements University - Somalia and holds a PhD in Social Studies Education and MA in TESOL. He is also a candidate for EdD (Doctor of Education) specializing in Applied Linguistics & TESOL at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Dr. Eno has previously taught at Eno School of Languages, the Somali National University and at the Extra Mural Dept. of the University of Nairobi. His interests are in Sociolinguistics, Social Studies, Teacher Education/Teaching Methodology, and Oral Tradition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781905068951
ISBN-10: 1905068956
Publisher: Adonis & Abbey Publishers
Publication Date: May 20th, 2008
Pages: 320
Language: English