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Elusive Jannah – The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity

Cawo M. Abdi


The focus of this book is the factors—local and global, factual and fictional, political and historical—that shape Somali migration experiences in consequential ways. Comparing Somali settlement in the UAE, a relatively closed Muslim nation where citizens are a minority within a large South Asian population of labor migrants, with South Africa, a nation where apartheid’s racial hierarchies determined immigration policies until very recently, with the United States, a traditional nation of immigrants with its own racial, socio-economic and political distinctions, sheds light on the significance ... More

Keywords: Somali migration, UAE, South Africa, United States, immigration policies, migrant experiences, jannah, flexible citizenship, security, belonging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816697380
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816697380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cawo M. Abdi, author
University of Minnesota

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