Benadiri people

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Benadiri
بناديري
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Somali and Arabic
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
Arabs, Persians, Somalis, Hararis

The Benadiri people (Somali: Reer Benaadir, Arabic: بناديري‎), also known as Reer Xamar (pronounced "Hamar") or "people of Mogadishu",[1] are an ethnic group in Somalia.

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The Benadiri traditionally live in Mogadishu, Merca and Barawa on the Benadir coast, and are principally engaged in business and fishing. They speak Benadiri Somali, a dialect of the Afro-Asiatic Somali language referred to as Coastal Somali.[2]

Although the Benadiri are sometimes described as the founders of Mogadishu (hence, their colloquial name Reer Xamar or "People of Mogadishu",[1] though the city itself is postulated to be a successor of ancient Sarapion[3]), their members actually trace their origins to diverse groups. The latter include Arab, Persian and Cushitic peoples, with, in some cases, varying degrees of additional Bantu and Bushman admixture.[4]

Reer Xamar were instrumental in helping to consolidate the local Muslim community, especially in the coastal Benadir region.[5][6] During the colonial period, they were also among the founding members of the Somali Youth League, Somalia's first political party.[7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abbink, p.18.
  2. ^ Abdullahi, p.10.
  3. ^ Vérin, Pierre (1986). The History of Civilisation in North Madagascar. A.A. Balkema. p. 30. 
  4. ^ Abdullahi, p.11.
  5. ^ Cassanelli, Lee V. (1973). The Benaadir past: essays in southern Somali history. University of Wisconsin. p. 24. 
  6. ^ Muslims in the Diaspora (1999) Rima Berns McGown, page 21
  7. ^ I. M. Lewis, A pastoral democracy: a study of pastoralism and politics among the Northern Somali of the Horn of Africa, (LIT Verlag Münster: 1999), p.304.

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