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Oral poetry and Somali nationalism : the case of Sayyid Maḥammad ʻAbdille Ḥasan / Said S. Samatar.


Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1982.
ISBN 0521238331, 9780521238335

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Subjects Folk literature, Somali -- History and criticism.
Maxamad Cabdulle Xasan' Rebellion, Somalia, 1900-1920.
Maxamad Cabdulle Xasan, 1864-1920.
Muḥammad Abd Allāh Ḥasan, Sayyid.
Political oratory -- Somalia.
Revolutionary poetry, Somali -- History and criticism.
Somalia.
Volksliteratur.
Series African studies series ; 32.
Description xii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Copyright Date 1982.
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Northwestern University, 1979.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-228) and index.
Summary "This is a study of the use of oratory and oratorical techniques as a tool to obtain political power in a traditional African society ... [with] focus on the political oratory of Sayyid Maḥammad ʻAbdille Ḥasan, the poet, mystic and warrior leader of the Somali anti-colonial movement at the turn of the century"--Page ix.
Contents Part 1. Elements of Somali pastoral oratory: Prose -- 1. The cultural milieu -- 2. The camel: Mother of men -- 3. The role of the pony in camel raiding -- 4. Formal speeches and the godob institution of cumulative grievances -- 5. Oratory and formal assemblies -- 6. Oratory and conflict resolution: The Daaqato-Beerato feud of 1962-3 -- 7. Analysis -- Part 2. Elements of Somali pastoral oratory: Poetry -- 1. Message -- 2. Alliteration -- 3. Poetic eloquence -- 4. Meter -- 5. Composition, transmission and dissemination -- 6. Diatribe, provocation and curse in Somali classical verse -- 7. Techniques of persuasion in Somali traditional verse -- Part 3. Occupation and resistance: The rise of the Somali Dervishes -- 1. The emergence of militant brotherhood -- 2. The making of an African resister: Sayyid Maḥammad ʻAbdille Ḥasan -- 3. The flight to the Ogaadeen -- 4. The inconclusive expeditions (1901-4) -- 5. The Tree-of-Bad-Counsel revolt -- 6. Taleeḥ and after (1910-20) -- Part 4. Poetic oratory and the Dervish movement -- 1. Maḥammad ʻAbdille Ḥasan: The political orator -- 2. Characteristics of the Sayyid's oral verse -- 3. The composer of oral epistles -- 4. The singer of polemics: Diatribe, curse and exhortation -- 5. Poetry as a tool in the long struggle -- Part 5. Myth and the Mullah -- 1. The changing images of the Mullah -- 2. The master polemicist -- 3. The mystic warrior -- 4. Sayyid Maḥammad's legacy: An appraisal.
Genre Hasan, Sayyid M.
Hasan, Sayyid M.
Geographic Area Somalia
Network Numbers (OCoLC)8050715
(OCoLC)ocm08050715
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Samatar, Said S.
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