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Title:Somalia's Al Shabaab: clans vs Islamist nationalism
Author:Solomon, HusseinISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Volume:21
Issue:3
Pages:351-366
Language:English
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:Islam
nationalism
clans
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2014.967286
Abstract:This article examines how Somalis have attempted to overcome deep clan divisions through appealing to an Islamic-nationalist identity. This religious nationalism has served to bring Somalia historically and currently into conflict with neighbouring states. These conflict dynamics have been given added impetus as a result of irredentist claims by Somali state and non-state actors on the territory of neighbouring states. In recent years Al Shabaab has also attempted to mobilise Somalis through an Islamist nationalism. However, while such attempts are bound to fail largely on account of the type of Islam espoused by Al Shabaab, misdirected counter-terrorism initiatives are serving to bolster Al Shabaab's narrative and appeal. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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