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Omar, Yusuf Sheikh (2022) 'The Role of Islam in Peace and Development in Somalia (Continuity and Change).' Religions, 13 (11). p. 1074.

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Abstract

Since 11 September 2001, Islam has been viewed as a threat to global stability rather than as a potential factor for peacebuilding and development. Therefore, most studies on Islam have been framed around security. Although research on the security threat posed by Islamist extremists is understandable, the main purpose of this study is to explore and give more attention to positive and continued contributions of Islamic faith to Somalia’s history and its current situation. To date, Islam has had an enormous constructive impact on Somali society at different stages of its history. It has strengthened peace capacity and development aspects such as literacy, socio-economic factors, justice, urbanisation, common identity and shared future aspirations, which have risen above clan divisions. In terms of methods, this study employs descriptive and analytical research methodologies. In conclusion, despite the current negative interpretation, activities, and actions attributed to the extremist Islamist groups in Somalia and beyond, Islam, on the other hand, has contributed enormously to civilising Somalis, shaping their common identity, nurturing a culture of peace, and improving social development. As it has been in the past, it maintains the potential to provide for Somalia’s future stability and prosperity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Article, Somalia, Islam, peace, development, reconciliation, history, present, future
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 20771444
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13111074
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2022 22:14
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38385

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