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Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship

Muslims in Southern Africa

Johannesburg’s Somali Diaspora

Authors: Sadouni, Samadia

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  • Examines the relationship between urban development and transnational experiences of religion
  • Sheds new light on the Somali experience of mobility and place-makingReveals the historical impact and cultural legacy of British and Ottoman imperialism on the Somali diaspora 
  • Examines urban identity construction and social change in the Somali community in terms of gender, religion and social class
  • Offers a comparative perspective on Muslim diasporas that reveals their influence on how the role of religion is understood in secular post-apartheid South Africa
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This book presents a socio-historical analysis of the Somali Muslim diaspora in Johannesburg and its impact on urban development in the context of Somali migrations in the Southern African Indian Ocean region from the end of the 19th Century to today. The author draws on a combination of archival and ethnographic research to examine the interlocking processes of migration, urban place-making, economic entrepreneurship and transnational mobility through the lens of religious practice and against the background of historical interactions between the Somali diaspora and the British and Ottoman Empires. Comparison with other Muslim diasporas in the region, primarily Indians, adds further depth to an investigation which will shed new light on the Somali experience of mobility and the urban development of South Africa across its colonial, apartheid and democratic periods. The politics of race, imperial and post-imperial identities, and religious community governance are shown to be key influencing factors on the Somali diaspora in Johannesburg. This sophisticated analysis will provide a valuable resource for students and scholars of urban geography, the sociology of religion, and African, race, ethnic and migration studies.

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Samadia Sadouni is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Lyon, Sciences Po Lyon, and Researcher at Triangle UMR 5206, France.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-46708-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-46707-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Muslims in Southern Africa
Book Subtitle
Johannesburg’s Somali Diaspora
Authors
Series Title
Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46708-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46708-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46707-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 214
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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