The conceptualization and application of Qabīlah (Clan) in the Somali context: A linguistic, social and political analysis of Somali media and online resources
Azir, Mohaud Mohamed
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This thesis examines the concept of qab?lah (tribe/clan) and its social and political influence on Somali society. It firstly looks at the general meaning of qabīlah in Arab culture and its more specific meaning in Somali culture. It further looks at the historical development of Somali tribalism and the role it has played in undermining Somali national unity. Furthermore, the study highlights the reasons why Somalis are dependent on the tribal system such as poverty, ignorance, colonialism and foreign intervention etc. Lastly, the study discusses the effects of tribalism on both Somali civil life and the Somali Diaspora. The media is one of the sources the study will utilize.