One2One; Prof Ali Jimale Ahmed What is Somali Literature; Suugaan

In this episode we sit down One2One with Professor Ali Jimale Ahmed to talk about what it means for the Somali’s the word Literature, ie Suugaan.


Ali Jimale Ahmed is Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, USA. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He teaches courses in African, Middle Eastern, and European literature. His poetry and short stories have also been translated into several languages, including Japanese and the languages spoken in the former Yugoslavia. His books include The Invention of Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1995), Daybreak Is Near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1996), and Fear Is a Cow (Red Sea Press, 2002). Research interests include the novel genre in the third world: Islamic literature; Literature and Politics; Fiction Across Cultures; Immigrant Literature; Greed in Literature and Film; Madness and Literature; the Poetics and noetics of orature.





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