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Somali also known as “Samaale”, “Soomaali” Pitek, Emily
The Somalis are a group of people living in Somalia, southern Dijibouti, eastern Ethiopia, and northeastern Kenya. This entry focuses specifically on the Dolbahanta sub-tribe in Somalia, ca. 1900. At this time, the focal region was a part of British Somaliland, a British Protectorate. There are no formal political offices among the Somali; the political units are lineages and clans. The Somalis are Sunni Muslims, primarily of the Shaf'i sect. Religious beliefs and practices permeate almost every aspect of the society itself. Consequently, in this entry, the Somali religious group is considered to be coterminous with the Somali society itself.
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