3 February 2016

The Somali Diaspora

For the week of February 7, 2016

Cawo Abdi, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, discusses her book “Elusive Jannah: Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity.”

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:16) The meaning of “Jannah” and why Abdi chose the word for the title of her book; (4:45) The main causes of the Somali civil war which began in 1991 and continues to this day; (7:23) The Somalia Abdi grew up in, before the civil war; (9:32) The importance of understanding the reasons for the Somali diaspora and the risks Somalis take when they flee from their country; (10:40) Abdi’s book focuses on the Somali Diaspora in three countries: South Africa, The United Arab Emirates and the US
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:35) What drew a large number of Somalis to Minnesota; (4:15) How new homelands have changed understandings of racial and religious identities for many Somali refugees; (8:36) How Minnesota can be a better home to Somali refugees