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Somalia
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[German Version]

The Republic of Somalia was created on Jul 1, 1960, from a merger of British Somaliland Protectorate and Italian Somalia. It covers an area of 637, 657 km2, mostly flat desert with mountains in the north. Somalia is known for its recurring droughts, sporadic floods, and an overwhelmingly torrid climate.

According to the last reliable count of 1975 Somalia is approaching a population of 8 million, including a large number of nomads. Permanent warfare has displaced large numbers of people in the country and abroad. Consequently, a…

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Spindler, Marc, “Somalia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124888>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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