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Author: Susan M Hassig; Zawiah Abdul Latif
Publisher: New York : Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, ©2007.
Series: Cultures of the world (2nd ed.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, wildlife, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion, and culture of Somalia"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan M Hassig; Zawiah Abdul Latif
ISBN: 0761420827 9780761420828
OCLC Number: 646617607
Description: 144 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: GEOGRAPHY Mountains and rivers --
The central plateau --
Rainy and dry seasons --
Sparse vegetation --
Plentiful wildlife --
Poetry of the camel --
Nomadic and town life. HISTORY Early Somali tribes --
Spread of the Muslim faith --
Wealth of the coastal towns --
Foreign interest in Somalia --
Colonial powers at war --
Road to independence --
Free but ripe for revolution. GOVERNMENT Coup of October 1969 --
Severing of Soviet links --
Downfall of Siad Barre --
The Somalia Transitional Federal Institutions --
The Legislature and Judiciary --
Union of Islamic Courts --
Appalling human rights. ECONOMY Early self-help programs --
Fisheries --
Rural and city work --
Agriculture and livestock --
Industrial growth --
Donkey carts to airplanes --
The media. ENVIRONMENT Land degradation --
Endangered animals --
Coastline worries. SOMALIS' Clan social system --
Clan alliances --
Conflict among the clans --
Pride in craftwork --
Ways of dressing. LIFESTYLE The Somalis' true cousin --
Chain of loyalty --
Somalis' view of strangers --
A man may have four wives --
Divorce, Somali style --
Somali children --
Getting better educated --
Ravaged cities --
Health and welfare --
Moving house. RELIGION Five pillars of Islam --
The Koran --
Roman Catholic Cathedral --
Famous Somali saints --
Sunni Muslim sects --
Prayers and politics. LANGUAGE The sacred tongue --
Names --
Word play and humor --
Manners of greeting. ARTS Islam on Somali art --
All the world's a stage --
Art of storytelling --
Tradition of poetry --
Poems and dances --
Jewelry and artifacts --
Varied architecture. LEISURE Coffee breaks --
Going to market --
Leatherwork and weaving --
Fun on the beaches --
Going for gold --
Curtailed city pleasures --
Rural entertainment. FESTIVALS The tree at the boundary --
Birthday of the Prophet --
Breaking the fast --
Three-day weddings --
Circumcision ceremonies. FOOD Somali kitchens --
Starvation in Somalia --
Why Somalis fast --
Time for feasts --
Sitting down to eat --
Eating out --
The cup that refreshes --
Fresh local fare --
Unusual favorites --
Table manners.
Series Title: Cultures of the world (2nd ed.)
Responsibility: Susan M. Hassig & Zawiah Abdul Latif.

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"Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, wildlife, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion, and culture of Somalia"--Provided by publisher.

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