This book aims to provide a sociologically and anthropologically informed history of the Somali people. It seeks to elucidate the circumstances of the holy war waged by Sayyid Muhammad 'Abdille Hassan against the colonizers between 1900 and 1920.
1. The Physical and Social Setting 2. Before Partition 3. The Imperial Partition: 1860–97 4. The Dervish Fight for Freedom: 1900–20 5. Somali Unification: The Italian East African Empire 6. The Restoration of Colonial Frontiers: 1940–50 7. From Trusteeship to Independence: 1950–60 8. The Problems of Independence 9. The Somali Revolution: 1969–76 10. Nationalism, Ethnicity and Revolution in the Horn of Africa