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Ahad, an economist and native Somalian who has written on Somalihistory, literature, and historiographical writing, analyzes the Deelly poetry debate, which took place in 1979 and 1980 amongSomalia's cultural elite about the problems it faced due to clan rivalry, in the form of poetic orations by 49 participants andemphasizing the imagery of the bountiful she-camel and the smoldering fire of tribal and clan rivalry. He examines the debate interms of national identity, the tribal system, hegemony, and the concept of state in Somali culture and describes the historical,political, and social context of Somali poetry; the context of the debate; individual poems and the metaphors of the damal-tree, themale camel, and the smoldering dung, analyzed using critical discourse analysis; the image of the she-camel nation-state andtribalism and the tribal system in the debate; and whether the poets were aware of the impending collapse of the state and the civil war a decade later.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Somali Oral Poetry and the Failed She-Camel Nation State: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Deelley Poetry Debate (1979-1980) examines the most expressive medium in Somali culture and politics, that is, oral poetry, in its ideological and discursive dimension. Oral poetry has a formidable impact on Somali society and its internal dynamics.
Somali Oral Poetry is the first critical discourse analysis of the connection between oral poetry and politics in Somalia. The book brings out contradictions and conflicts between the ways of thinking of a society structured in clans and a rightful claim for nationhood and the state of law. In addition, it highlights the difficulty the society finds in renouncing clan mentality that requires loyalty to the clan rather than to the State.
The present volume illuminates, through the critical analysis of the Deelley poetry debate, the circumstances and issues that preceded the civil war in Somalia. Therefore, the book is of particular interest for its original explanation and understanding of the extraordinary subsequent failure of the State in Somalia.