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Arabic Sources on Somalia

In recent years scholars of different nationalities (includ- ing Somalis) have devoted much time and effort to acquiring in- formation about the Somali past using different means and through the available sources on the region. However, the Arabic written sources of information on Somalia have long been neglected and remain so. The purpose of this paper is to call attention to the need for a more comprehensive reading of Arabic sources, and to show that Arabic sources have much to contribute to knowledge about Somalia. I will try to trace these sources and list them in a chronological manner, starting with the early Arab sources, especially from the period which followed the emergence of Islam on the Arabian peninsula when Islam made its way into the Horn of Africa.”

 

Arabic Sources on Somalia – Mukhtar




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