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Lecture 6 – Case study: the Somali diaspora in London and Toronto VIDEO: Show the way that poetry is used to transmit political ideas. Objecting to the way that Alshbab using political situation. The person on the horse is a person famous for being an anti-colonial poet. Overview  About five to seven years, there were a great integration of Somalians into the United Kingdom and Toronto. The reason for studying this was because there was a great opportunity to study and compare these two places.  What was it like to practice Islam in these areas? What were some things that they hung onto, different cultures, etc.  This work required the professor not to be Somalian because there were various clans and had a lot of clan tensions that driven the exodus. o People were very eager to talk because they felt secure and wanted to talk about identity o Somali required written work from 1969, and the ability to learn languages was a skill they already had Interview with Somalian Women  Mystical Islam – feel your way into enlightenment and not text oriented  With the move to the west, led primarily by Somalian women, they tried to redefine Muslim. What does it mean to be Muslim and Somalian. o Everyone who made that moved was traumatized and endured horrific things. They had lost property, businesses, livelihoods, and had seen horrific things that had happen to family members. Everyone was traumatized. o Then, they had to go through the traumatization of moving. They found that praying was extremely soothing and could blot out the anguish and pain. o There was also something else going on, they were terrified of losing their children into the alien world. It was frightening that they could have no religion or another type of religion  They had to define what it meant to be Somalian and Muslim. o They picked up the Koran, studied and read it. o In the west, there were already Islamists who had already arrived prior. The Islamists started out with being political dissidence. By the time the community moved, there were two different communities already o The women who were came did not trust them because Islamism was not a default comfort zone for them. Also, it was because of clan bias. There were many single mother families.  Reasons for this may be because large families with up to four wives, in many cases men had to stay behind and get their families out first. Sometimes the fathers did not make it out. Other times, families broke apart because of the stress of the move. o The process of the move was extremely brutal and now they embark on a project of what it means to be Muslim and Somalian.  Redefinition: As they began to read and become more textually knowledgeable, they changed their traditions. They began to pray, wear hijab in a different way, being more careful about allowing their kids to read the Koran o Also, another change was premarita
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