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Title:Poesia religiosa femminile: 'Nabi-ammaan' nel contesto rurale della Somalia
Author:Declich, FrancescaISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:51
Issue:1
Pages:50-79
Language:Italian
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:Islam
women
Somali language
praise poetry (form)
gender
literature
Abstract:This article presents some examples of women's religious poetry recorded between 1985 and 1988 in a rural Muslim area of southern Somalia, notably in the villages of Mareerey (Middle Juba region) and Mugambo (Lower Juba region). The verses, which are sung during 'Nabi-ammaan' (literally 'praising the prophet') celebrations, are presented in Somali with an Italian translation. The author analyses the meaning of the verses within the cultural context in which they are used, reproduced, and reinvented. This contextual anthropological analysis reveals mechanisms that connect poetry tightly to the identity of the rural people, both women and men, and to the politics of everyday life. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French, text in Italian.
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