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Title:Divine madness: Mohammed Abdulle Hassan (1856-1920)
Author:Abdi, Abdi Abdulqadir Sheik-ISNI
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Zed Books
ISBN:0862324432; 0862324440
Geographic terms:Somalia
Subjects:Muslim brotherhoods
biographies (form)
About person:Mohamed Abdille Hassan (1856-1920)ISNI
Abstract:This biography of Mohammed Abdulle Hassan (1856-1920), variously described as the 'Mad Mullah' and 'father of the Somali nation', is also an account of the movement of resistance which he led. For 21 years, until the end of the First World War, Mohammed Abdulle Hassan led the Somali dervishes in their defiance of the British and Ethiopian colonizers. For ten years following 1905, he ran an independent State in the interior, built forts and small towns, even entered treaty relations with the Turks and the Italians. The author concentrates on the social and political aspects of the Dervish movement and on its historical significance to future Somali aspirations and actions. His approach is narrative and structurally linear, starting with the Mullah's upbringing and early training and ending with his defeat and death in the malaria-infested swamps of the Shebelle River in the southern Ogaden.