n Journal of Somali Studies : Research on Somalia and the Greater Horn of African Countries - The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture, Heather Marie Akou : book review

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2056-5674
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5682


Heather Marie Akou is an associate professor of dress and fashion design at Indiana University at Bloomington. She is a remarkable scholar in the embryonic field of Somali studies, and she has been conducting research on Somali history for more than a decade. Her particular focus is on dress and design. Akou is innovative in her approach to researching the much-neglected theme of dress and design in Somali studies; another interesting aspect of her work is her ability to blend cultural anthropology with cultural history. Akou previously wrote two book chapters on the topic of dress. In her work, she considers dress to include not just clothing, but also hairstyle. Her book is bedecked with historical images and pictures and touches upon Islam, politics, globalization, gender, and refugees.

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