When Saida Mohammed Ali, 35, lost her job as a bank manager after the bank was destroyed in the fighting, the college-educated woman began selling sugar and vegetables at a street stand to feed her five children.
Her husband, an army colonel without a job, stays at home, like many men, whiling away his days reading old school books. Ali is now an administrator in the Red Cross kitchen program, and her earnings are pooled to feed and care for her extended family. She expects the changes in society to last, and on principle has refused to submit her daughters to genital mutilation.
We want to work, own property and have posts in the government. Aisha Dirie, 41, owns a hectare farm outside the capital and several stores in Mogadishu.
She has two children in school in England and one in South Africa. Her husband is unemployed.
Now she supplies food to feeding centers, but she also rents houses to foreigners, charging more than 15 times the going rate of a few months ago. Dirie would like to open a bank with only women as employees. Miss Isse, who studied biology in college, is unmarried and enjoys her freedom and her power. She holds impromptu office meetings in her spacious airy bedroom, serving tea with hands tipped with long, purple-painted nails. But her relative privilege does not keep her from her work.
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At the kitchens, she spends hours crouching among the grubby, coughing children, distributing rice, allowing drops of milk to trickle into the mouths of babies who do not have the strength to cry. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.
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Women in Charge If Miss Isse's compassion triggered the idea, it was her business acumen that led to success and made her a symbol of the new power of the Somali woman in this deeply traditional Muslim society. In , the Colonial and War Offices sanctioned a campaign using the RAF and the Camel Corps, which resulted in the destruction of his forts, the deaths of many followers, and his flight to Ethiopia.
Before Hassan could regroup, he died from influenza in December and the remnants of his movement returned to their tribes. Works dealing with Hassan fall into three categories: 1 those writ- ten when he was active or recently dead,8 2 the s and s, after Somali independence,9 and 3 studies published since the s. Works written after Somali independence are coloured by nationalist feeling and are largely pan- egyrics to Hassan.
He was seen as the Father of Somali Independence. These analyses provide little examination of his Islamic motivations. The last category of works strikes a more balanced tone.
This view stemmed from the desire of officials to downplay the continued effectiveness of his movement. During the First World War, a third interpretation emerged: that Hassan was influenced by enemy propaganda. Either through unwill- ingness or inability, most British missed other factors that drove Has- san, such as his Sufi influences and profoundly religious motivation, anchored in a reformist and revivalist context. However, some observ- ers picked up on this and so not all British analyses of Hassan viewed him through such simplistic negative tropes.
The British were aware that he was not only opposed to them because Somalis bore the brunt of his violence. This rebounded on Hassan, with segments of Somali society opposed to him, such as religious leaders and certain tribal chiefs, and led to a lack of support for his jihad. Slight II. These writers were mainly officials and soldiers who had served in Somaliland. While none had met Has- san, they either saw the effects of his jihad on the Somali population or encountered his followers in skirmishes.
Their published accounts tally with the few official British papers related to the movement that remain in colonial archives. Observers such as Major H. For example, Major H. It was not a monolithic entity united against the British. These sensationalist tales were not only confined to writers appeal- ing to the British market. Slight ligence reports. Wholesale execu- tions are carried out on the slightest pretexts, and men, women and children go in fear of their lives. Douglas Jardine, another Somaliland official who wrote a book on Hassan, summed up these negative views of him but stressed he knew no other way of acting.
To observers such as Ismay, an intelligence officer in Somaliland, the connection was direct. This irritation with what Corfield saw as the elevation of Hassan into a religious leader was reinforced in a later letter. Martin, S.
This view arose in the context of the First World War. It summarized the Ottoman jihad proclamation and exhorted Somalis to join Hassan. Hassan did entertain a certain veneration for the Ottoman Sultan, as seen in his panegyric poem: And he [Hassan] turns to his dear friend Taking refuge with that pillar of religion Sultan of every victory Who lashes unbelievers Breaks their power. Hassan did have some dealings with Germany in this period, but in such an insignificant way that British officials realized it was inconse- quential.
Hassan had a slightly different interpretation of his relationship with the Ottomans, Germans, and Lij Yasu. Hassan wanted to assert that he was a power in his own right. Slight IV. Hassan believed that part of this agenda necessitated the tradi- tional religious strategy of the Lesser Jihad to respond to the iniquity of Christian rule over Muslims. This was a facet of Hassan that the British failed to appreciate. However, there were some British observers who noted the nature and impact of Sufism on Somali society.
Another episode that shows the importance of the Salihiyya con- nection is the denunciation of Hassan by his erstwhile mentor in They wish to corrupt our religion…Our aim is to cleanse the land of unbelievers. God is with me when I write this. The letter highlighted his reformist and reviv- alist leanings.
Catastrophe has fallen on the land The Unbelievers have deceived you Since you failed to continue the jihad! It answered Somali criticisms regarding his jihad. In the text, Hassan asserted his membership in the Salihiyya brotherhood. The issue of tawassul, intercession with God by local saints and holy men, occupied equal space in the text. Hassan was against this con- cept, which explains his hostility to the Qadiriyyeh Sufi order, which believed it was acceptable. This action might not be possible to undo.
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