Security, Clans and Tribes: Unstable Governance in by Alexandra Lewis (auth.)

By Alexandra Lewis (auth.)

Show description

Read Online or Download Security, Clans and Tribes: Unstable Governance in Somaliland, Yemen and the Gulf of Aden PDF

Best war & peace books

How Wars End

Why perform a little nations decide to finish wars wanting overall victory whereas others struggle on, occasionally within the face of appalling odds? How Wars finish argues that significant components form war-termination choice making: information regarding the stability of energy and the unravel of one's enemy, and fears that the opposite side's dedication to abide via a war-ending peace payment will not be credible.

International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Rights-Based Approach to Middle East Peace

The Israeli-Palestinian clash has lengthy been intertwined with, and has had a profound impact on, the rules of recent foreign legislations. putting a rights-based method of the Israeli-Palestinian clash on the centre of discussions over its peaceable answer, this publication presents targeted attention of overseas legislation and its software to political matters.

Gender and Conflict: Embodiments, Discourses and Symbolic Practices

Via an in-depth research of the multifaceted manifestations of gender and clash, this e-book exhibits how cognition and behavior, organisation and victimization, are gendered past the preferred stereotypes. clash not just reconfirms social hierarchies and tool family members, but in addition motivates humans to transgress cultural limitations and redefine their self-images and identities.

Extra resources for Security, Clans and Tribes: Unstable Governance in Somaliland, Yemen and the Gulf of Aden

Example text

Liability under the mag system was collective and as such the mag group as a whole is supposed to compensate for the loss that is occasioned to a victim of the acts of one’s of its members. (Aden, 2011, p. 9) As liability is therefore accepted by the whole of a Mag-paying group, Xeer allows for conflict resolution between individuals to trickle upwards into conflict resolution between clan structures, by making the whole of the sub-clan pay for the mistakes of their members in gesture of apology.

From a Xeer standpoint, these changes are significant, as they mean the empowerment of the customary system and leadership’ (2012, p. 89). Ione Lewis writes that Somali society and its system of law and order administration are structured, and continue to be structured, upon three branches of social organisation: the clans, Xeer and the Elders (1999). Xeer is the pre-colonial body of Somali customary law, which differs from clan to clan but which is administered by Islamic Shura councils (mainly in urban settings) and by community Elders.

This digs down to the sub-subsub-sub-clan level, but, again, further delineations are prevalent. Again, these dynamics emerge from the unique manifestation of Somali clanism, which takes bloodlines to be its primary identifying feature. This differs drastically, for instance, from the Kenyan clan system, in which an individual’s clan affiliation will determine the languages that they speak, the livelihoods that they are associated with and even their names. The distinctive characteristics of the Kenyan clan likely allows for each to inhabit its own space and occupational sector (at least in rural areas).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.84 of 5 – based on 25 votes