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Mogadishu Then and Now: A Pictorial Tribute to Africa’s Most Wounded City

Mogadishu Then and Now is an attempt to redeem the city’s damaged reputation and restore its lost glory in the public imagination and in the Somali people’s collective memory. The book showcases Mogadishu in all its splendour prior to the civil war and contrasts this with the devastation and destruction that has characterised the city for more than two decades. It should be of particular interest to historians, urban planners, architects and and anthropologists.

Mogadishu was once one of the prettiest and most cosmopolitan cities in Africa. The city has a long history that dates back to the 10th century when Arab and Persian traders began settling there. For centuries, Mogadishu was a traditional centre for Islam and an important hub for trade with communities along the Indian Ocean coastline. However, since the beginning of the civil war in the early 1990s, Somalia’s capital city has gained the reputation of being the most dangerous and violent city in the world.

Mogadishu Then and Now is an attempt to redeem the city’s damaged reputation and restore its lost glory in the public imagination and in the Somali people’s collective memory. The book showcases Mogadishu in all its splendour prior to the civil war and contrasts this with the devastation and destruction that has characterised the city for more than two decades. It should be of particular interest to historians, urban planners, architects and and anthropologists.

Weight 3765 g
Dimensions 215.9 x 5.08 x 279.4 mm
ISBN

978-1477229033

Country

Somalia

Pages

72

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Date

September 4, 2012

Author

Ismail Osman,

Mohamud Dirios,

Rasnah Warah

Publisher

Author House

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