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The Spectre of Colony: Colonialism, Islamism, and State in Somalia


Abstract Islamist groups in Somalia define themselves by their opposition. From the pre-Islamist movement of Mohammed Hassan in the nineteenth century to al-Itihaad al-Islaami in the twentieth to al-Shabaab in the twenty-first, Islamism exists as a form of resistance against the dominant power of the era. Furthermore these Islamist groups have all been influenced by the type of state in which they exist, be it colonial, independent, or failed. This work seeks to examine the relationship between the uniquely Somali form of Islamism and the state. Through use of historical records, modern media, and existing scholarship this dissertation will chart the development of Islamism in Somalia from the colonial period to the present and explore the relations... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Furlow, R. Bennett (Author) / Gallab, Abdullahi (Advisor) / Talebi, Shahla (Committee member) / Ali, Souad (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / African history / al-Shabaab / Colonialism / Failed state / Islamism / Somalia
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 213 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2013
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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