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Women of the Somali Diaspora


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Joanna Lewis is an associate professor at the London School of Economics, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She has written and lectured on African-British history for over twenty years. A newspaper columnist and novelist, she is currently researching the impact of COVID-19 on the Somali diaspora.


'A hugely compassionate book written with humanity.' -- Mary Harper, BBC Africa Editor, and author of 'Everything You Have Told Me Is True'
'The "go to" text for those wanting to understand the incredible strength of Somali women in the diaspora. Beautifully written, cleverly innovative, and powerfully reflective, this compelling and rich oral history allows the women to speak for themselves.' -- Kate Law, historian of African women and the former British Empire, and Research Fellow, Nottingham University
'A richly researched book and a lucid account of the remarkable resilience of Somalis in the UK. Lewis provides much needed historical understanding of Somali presence in post-imperial Britain, elegantly linking the story to Britain's colonial past.' -- Aparajita Mukhopadhyay, Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Imperial History, University of Kent
'In this wonderful book, we hear the voices of Somali women like never before, and learn a deep respect for their resilience, which leads from the harsh life of pastoralism to the refugee camp, and the world of exile.' -- Christopher Clapham, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, and author of 'The Horn of Africa'
'This powerful and moving book offers an intimate account of the strength and resilience of Somali women. Rich in its oral history, it is also a timely reminder of the deep historical connections between modern Britain and Somaliland.' -- Hannah Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in African History, Brunel University London
'The Somali diaspora is one of Africa's largest but is often subject to a lot of misapprehension. With Women of the Somali Diaspora, Joanna Lewis animates the lives of women that we learn to admire for their resilience, their clarity, and their unconquerable spirits.' -- Ato Quayson, Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Stanford University, and co-editor of 'A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism'

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