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Oral poetry and Somali nationalism : the case of Sayyid Mahạmmad ʻAbdille Ḥasan

Author: Said S Samatar
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982.
Series: African studies series, 32.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the influence of oral poetry on Somali politics. By reconstructing the history of the Somali nationalist resistance movement, mainly through the use of political oratory in verse form by its leader, Sayyid Mahammad 'Abdille Hasan', the 'Mad Mullah' of British history, Said Samater shows how an indigenous resource can be harnessed in a non-literate society, not only as a medium of mass  Read more...
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Samatar, Said S.
Oral poetry and Somali nationalism.
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982
(DLC) 81018072
Named Person: Maxamad Cabdulle Xasan; Maxamad Cabdulle Xasan
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Said S Samatar
ISBN: 9780511735370 0511735375
OCLC Number: 715165645
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 232 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Part 1. Elements of Somali pastoral oratory: Prose --
1. The cultural milieu --
2. The camel: Mother of men --
3. The role of the pony in camel raiding --
4. Formal speeches and the godob institution of cumulative grievances --
5. Oratory and formal assemblies --
6. Oratory and conflict resolution: The Daaqato-Beerato feud of 1962-3 --
7. Analysis --
Part 2. Elements of Somali pastoral oratory: Poetry --
1. Message --
2. Alliteration --
3. Poetic eloquence --
4. Meter --
5. Composition, transmission and dissemination --
6. Diatribe, provocation and curse in Somali classical verse --
7. Techniques of persuasion in Somali traditional verse --
Part 3. Occupation and resistance: The rise of the Somali Dervishes --
1. The emergence of militant brotherhood --
2. The making of an African resister: Sayyid Maḥammad ʻAbdille Ḥasan --
3. The flight to the Ogaadeen --
4. The inconclusive expeditions (1901-4) --
5. The Tree-of-Bad-Counsel revolt --
6. Taleeḥ and after (1910-20) --
Part 4. Poetic oratory and the Dervish movement --
1. Maḥammad ʻAbdille Ḥasan: The political orator --
2. Characteristics of the Sayyid's oral verse --
3. The composer of oral epistles --
4. The singer of polemics: Diatribe, curse and exhortation --
5. Poetry as a tool in the long struggle --
Part 5. Myth and the Mullah --
1. The changing images of the Mullah --
2. The master polemicist --
3. The mystic warrior --
4. Sayyid Maḥammad's legacy: An appraisal.
Series Title: African studies series, 32.
Responsibility: Said S. Samatar.

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