Ahmed Ismail Samatar

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Ahmed Ismail Samatar
أحمد إسماعيل سمتر
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Born Gabiley, Somaliland
Occupation Writer, professor, scholar,
Ethnicity Somali
Citizenship Somali, American
Spouse married
Relatives Abdi Ismail Samatar

Ahmed Ismail Samatar (Somali: Axmed Ismaciil Samatar, Arabic: أحمد إسماعيل سمتر‎‎) is a prominent Somali writer, professor and former dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.[1] He is the editor of Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, and brother of Abdi Ismail Samatar, chair of the geography department at the University of Minnesota. Ahmed Ismail Samtar joined the Peace, Unity, and Development Party, the ruling party of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland in June 2016. In exchange for his support, he is expected to receive a major cabinet position in President Silanyo's government.[2]

Biography[edit]

Ahmed Ismail Samatar was born and raised in the Gabiley District, situated in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. He hails from the Gadabuursi clan in Somalia . He is the brother of scholar and politician Abdi Ismail Samatar.[3] His father Ismail Samatar Mohamed (Dheere) was a businessman and traditional elder, and his mother Haliimo Abdilaahi Kahin is the sister of the late coffee tycoon Mohamed Abdillahi Ogsadey.

Samatar began his early traditional Islamic schooling (mal'amad qur'an) while he was young. His first Qur'an teacher was Ma'alin Hassan Fahiye. In 1952, he was the first student enrolled in the first Gabiley Primary/intermediate school, where he finished his lower education. His middle and high schools were in Amoud Intermediate and Agricultural secondary school.

After finishing high school,[4] Samatar moved to Mogadishu, the capital city of the Somalia, where he was accepted as a radio broadcaster at Radio Mogadishu in the mid 60s. In the late 60's, Ahmed filled a vacancy at the BBC African service, although was still young. He served as a BBC broadcaster till the mid 70's when he made up his mind to get a higher education. He later moved from London to the United States.

Samatar has lectured at many universities and colleges, including Cornell, Harvard, Iowa, London School of Economics and Political Science, Somali National University, Toronto University, University of Amsterdam, York University, University of Otago, University of Hargeisa and Wellesley College. His expertise is in the areas of global political economy, political and social thought, and Somali affairs. He is the author/editor of five books and over thirty articles.

Additionally, Samatar is the founding editor-in-chief of Bildhaan, one of the international journals of Somali Studies. He is also the editor of eighteen volumes of Macalester International, a publication of undergraduate education and internationalism.[5]

A Fulbright Fellow, Samatar has been awarded grants by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the United States Institute for Peace, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the St. Paul Foundation.

His current research is on two tracks: a collaborative two volumes on leadership and the Somali experience; and globalization and the rise of Islamic consciousness. Since 1994, Samatar has been teaching at Macalester College, where he is the James Wallace Professor and retired Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship.

In mid-2012, Samatar ran for political office as one of the potential candidates in Somalia's 2012 presidential elections.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

Year Title
1988 Socialist Somalia: Rhetoric and Reality
1995 Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for Political Reconstruction
1998 Nature, People, and Globalization
2002 The African state: reconsiderations
2003 Prometheus's Bequest: Technology and Change

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References↑[edit]

1.0 1.1 "Ahmed Samatar | Macalester College | Global Political Economy, African Politics | James Wallace Professor, International Studies, Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship". Works.bepress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02.↑ Mohamed, Mahmoud (17 August 2012). "Profiles of Somalia's top presidential candidates". Sabahi. Retrieved 21 August 2012.↑ Betsy Salvatore. "International Studies Faculty". Macalester.edu. Retrieved 2012-08-02.

  1. ^ Betsy Salvatore. "Ahmed Samatar | International Studies | Macalester College". Macalester.edu. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Horn Cable TV. "Ahmed Samatar officialy joins Kulmiye Party". Horn Cable TV. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Maxaa ka Taqaanaa Xubnaha Lagu Sheegay Qaswadayaasha Siyaasadda Soomaaliya iyo Qabiilada ay kasoo jeedaan". Xariiradnews. August 21, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://gaafo.com/223816/invitation-to-a-public-talk-by-professor-ahmed-ismail-samatar-at-queen-mary-university-london/
  5. ^ a b "Ahmed Samatar | Macalester College | Global Political Economy, African Politics | James Wallace Professor, International Studies, Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship". Works.bepress.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Mohamed, Mahmoud (17 August 2012). "Profiles of Somalia's top presidential candidates". Sabahi. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Betsy Salvatore. "International Studies Faculty". Macalester.edu. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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