In the 21 st Century, many Somalis remain more loyal to their clans than to the ideas of a Somali national identity. Native Somalis speak the same language, practice Islam, and share the same culture. The larger of these clans are dominated by powerful warlords who have played key roles in the conflicts that have rocked Somalia for decades. These groups of people interacted with Arab traders who introduced Islam to the region.
A study on minorities in Somalia
*** Who are the "Somali Bantu"? – The Rise of a New Ethnicity ***
Somali is the official language of Somalia. It is spoken by the Somali people, the largest ethnic group living in the country. The Somali language is an Afro-Asiatic language that belongs to the Cushitic branch of languages. The Saho and the Afar languages are its closest relatives. As of , Somalia houses about 8. There are three main dialect groups of the Somali language. Northern Somali is the closest to Standard Somali.
Category:Ethnic groups in Somalia
Until recently, many people perceived Somalia as a country with a population of 7,, people who share one culture, one language and one religion. This was the impression given during previous regimes in order to sustain the illusion of homogeneity. One of the things that were deliberately downplayed was the existence of minority groups. Although the population of minority groups living in Somalia has not as yet been established, estimates indicate that they constitute one third of the total Somalia population; approximately 2,, people.
The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our just-released Annual Report. The Yibir in Somalia is one of the few known Muslim communities worldwide that maintains Jewish descent. The community is small and tightly knitted, numbering not more than thirty thousand. The name Yibir, also pronounced Yibro and Yahar, simply means Hebrews.