Co-published with the Institute for Global Dialogue

Somaliland has been described as an ‘inspiring story of resilience and reconstruction, and a truly African Renaissance, that has many lessons to teach the rest of Africa and the international community’. This study seeks to identify some of those lessons, particularly those pertaining to Somaliland’s sustained efforts to create internal unity and gain regional and international recognition.

Based on extensive research in Somaliland, as well as a wealth of experience in the wider region, this book provides a vivid insight into this intriguing tale of reconciliation, reconstruction, religion, and recognition.

Author: Iqbal D Jhazbhay
ISBN: 978-1-920216-20-7
243 pages
Price: R185.00 (inc VAT)


Book Launch: Somaliland Details:
Registration for this event is open from: 0000-00-00 – 0000-00-00
Category: SAIIA Events
Where: Unisa Main Campus – Pretoria
Date: Thursday 11 Mar 2010 – Thursday 11 Mar 2010
Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Event description:

The South African Institute of International Affairs and the Institute for Global Dialogue invites you to the launch of ‘Somaliland: An African Struggle for Nationhood and International Recognition’ by Prof. Iqbal D Jhazbhay.

Chair and introduction:

Prof. Rosemary Moeketsi (Dean of Unisa’s Human Sciences)


Minister Collins Chabane (Minister in the Presidency, South Africa)

Prof. Chris Landsberg (Head, Political Science Dept., University of Johannesburg)

Dr. Nomfundo Ngwenya (Head, SA Foreign Policy, SAIIA)

Dr. Siphamandla Zondi (Executive Director, IGD)

Thursday 11 March 2010 530pm for 6pm

Unisa Main Campus, Mucklenuek Ridge, Pretoria

Preller Street, Theo van Wijk Building, 2nd Floor

Senate Hall


Inquiries: Mrs Nasreen Cassim Tel:

012 429 6029 / 6307

‘This study contributes significantly to our understanding not only of Somaliland, but of the predicament of the Somali people as a whole … a major scholarly success.’
Professor Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, Binghamton University

‘The first substantial study covering both the domestic and international dimensions of Somaliland’s quest for nationhood and recognition … a timely and brilliant analysis.’
Professor Hussein M Adam, founding president of the Somali Studies International Association (SSIA)

Source: South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), 1st March 2010


  1. I will definitely get a copy of this book, congratulations to Iqbal and the South African people and institutions who continue to support Somaliland and their friends.

  2. subhnallah somailand can only change with the power of ALLAH swt nothing else. AFRICA AND THE WORLD need to go back to the deen of allah and the we will gain happiness and be freeeeeeeeeeee

    • i AGREE ALLAHUAKBER ALLAHUAKBER ALLAHUAKBER TOO ALLAH WE BELONG AND TO ALLAH SHALL WE RETURN. FREEDOM COMES FROM ALLAH AND WE MUUST GO BACK TO ALLAH. somailand is my country but this book is dumb read the QURAN that will give u all the answers inshallah.