Somalis in Minnesota

Somalis in Minnesota

by Ahmed I. Yusuf


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The story of Somalis in Minnesota begins with three words: sahan, war, and martisoor. Driven from their homeland by civil war and famine, one group of Somali sahan, pioneers, discovered well-paying jobs in the city of Marshall, Minnesota. Soon the war, news, traveled that not only was employment available but the people in this northern state, so different in climate from their African homeland, were generous in martisoor, hospitality, just like the Somali people themselves.

The diaspora began in 1992, and today more than fifty thousand Somalis live in Minnesota, the most of any state. Many have made their lives in small towns and rural areas, and many more have settled in Minneapolis, earning this city the nickname "Little Somalia" or "Little Mogadishu." Amiable guide Ahmed Yusuf introduces readers to these varied communities, exploring economic and political life, religious and cultural practices, and successes in education and health care. he also tackles the controversial topics that command newspaper headlines: alleged links to terrorist organizations and the recruitment of young Somali men to fight in the civil war back home. This newest addition to the people of Minnesota series captures the story of the state's most recent immigrant group at a pivotal time in its history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873518673
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Series: People of Minnesota Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 92
Sales rank: 1,251,206
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Somalis in Minnesota 4

A Brief Overview of Somali History 6

On Foot in Fear 14

War (News) Center in San Diego 18

A Ray of Hope 21

The Ultimate Sahan Group 21

Religion 36

Martisoor 39

Challenges 43

Social and School Interactions 48

Misguided Religious Passion 51

Entrepreneurial Spirit 54

Politics 61

Disputable Numbers 61

Somalis as Minnesotans: Small Somalia 63

Personal Account: Mohamoud Bile Jama 67

Further Reading 70

Notes 71

Index 79

Picture Credits 83

Acknowledgments 84

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