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Modesty Discourses: Sub-Saharan Africa: Somali Society
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Somali women's identity, their appearance in general and their modesty in particular, provides a common unifying cultural and religious focus in their life. In Somalia, women's identity is closely linked to patrilineal descent groups, clan, and lineage relationships as well as extended and nuclear family units rather to than a unified Somali national identity (Luling 2002, 223). In part this lack of national identity for both men and women may be attributed to Somalia's recent independence from the United Kingdom and Italy in the early 1960s (Abdullahi 2001). Subs…

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Daly, Mary-Catherine, “Modesty Discourses: Sub-Saharan Africa: Somali Society”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 September 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0118f>
First published online: 2009

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