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Guide to Resources and Information on Somali Language, Culture, and Traditions


Welcome to the Somali Language Research Site, your information gateway for research, teaching, and learning.  Feel free to contact me for your research and classroom needs.                                                    

Leta Hendricks

Somali Women


United States Representative Ilhan Omar 

Serving the 5th District of Minnesota

Congresswoman Omar is a Midwest Regional Whip of the Democratic Caucus and the Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and Pro-Choice Caucus.

Somali Women: A Bibliography

Akou, Heather M. The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.

Dirie, Waris and Jeanne D'Haem. Desert Dawn. London: Virago, 2012.

Dirie, Waris and Cathleen Miller. Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Life of a Desert Nomad. New York: Virago, 2011.

Dirie, Waris and Corinna Milborn. Desert Children. London: Virago, 2007.

Hawa, Abdi and Sarah J. Robbins. Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed. New York: Grand Central Pub, 2013.

Hirsi, Ali A. The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam. New York: Free Press, 2008.

Hirsi, Ali A. Infidel. New York: Atria Paperback, 2013.

Hirsi, Ali A. Nomad: From Islam to America-a Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations. New York: Atria Paperback, 2013.

Maxamed, Faarax M. and Sergio Drumond. The Great Escape: How a Few Somali Girls Changed the World After Escaping from the Bondage of Female Circumcision: A Short Story. Alexandria, VA: Somali Media Company, 2014.

Mire, Soraya. The Girl with Three Legs. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2011.


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