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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Dr Martin Orwin

BA PhD (London)

Overview

Martin Orwin
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Member, Centre for Translation Studies

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

Name:
Dr Martin Orwin
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4376
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
405
Office Hours:
Mondays 11am-1pm/Thursdays 12-2pm

Biography

Language and Literature

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anita Adam, Benadiri People of Somalia, with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu
  • Michaela Unterbarnscheidt, A comparative study of transition and social change in early Thai and Amharic novels
  • Muna Hersi, ‘The Veil of Theory’ in understanding what makes rape financially negotiable in Somaliland.
  • Sara Marzagora, Theorizing an "acolonial modernity". The 1896 battle of Adwa and 1936-1941 Italian occupation in Ethiopian literature and political philosophy.

Research

Somali poetry; metre and literary linguistics; the relationship between language and music

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia
Languages
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Somali

Publications

Authored Books

Orwin, Martin and Awde, N and Xaaji, Cabdulqaadir (1999) Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook. Hippocrene Books.

Orwin, Martin (1995) Colloquial Somali: A Complete Language Course. Routledge.

Edited Books

Finnegan, Ruth and Furniss, Graham and Orwin, Martin, eds. (2011) Carried by a Mystic Wind: B. W. Andrzejewski on the Somali Passion for Poetry and Language. London: Taylor and Francis. (Special Issue of Journal of African Cultural Studies; Vol.23 no.1)

Sheekh, Rashiid Cabdillaahi, ed. (2009) War and Peace: an anthology of Somali literature. Translated by Martin Orwin. London: Ponte Invisibile and Progressio.

Xasan, Maxamed and Orwin, Martin and Nuux, Yaasiin J., eds. (2007) Hagarlaawe: Diiwaanka Maansooyinka Abwaan Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'. London: Aftahan Publications.

Book Chapters

Orwin, Martin (2011) 'Alliteration in Somali Poetry.' In: Roper, Jonathan, (ed.), Alliteration in Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 219-230.

Appleyard, David and Orwin, Martin (2008) 'The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia.' In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and National Identity in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Orwin, Martin (2006) 'On translating Somali poetry.' In: Hermans, Theo, (ed.), Translating Others. Manchester: St Jerome Publishing, pp. 402-413.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Reflections of the Somali situation in the novel Waddadii Walbahaarka (The Road of Grief) by Xuseen Sheekh Biixi.' In: Janzen, J, (ed.), What are Somalia's Development Perspectives? Science between Resignation and Hope? Proceedings of the 6th SSIA Congress, Berlin 6-9 December 1996. Das Arabische Buch, pp. 215-223.

Orwin, Martin (1996) 'A Moraic model of the prosodic phonology of Somali.' In: Hayward/I, R, (ed.), Voice and Power: The Culture of Language in North-East Africa. Afr. Languages & Cultures Supp. 3. SOAS, pp. 51-71.

Orwin, Martin (1993) 'Phonation in Somali phonology.' In: Abdi, Mohamed, (ed.), Anthropologie Somalienne (Proceedings of the 2eme Colloque des Etudes Somaliennes. University of Besancon, pp. 251-7.

Articles

Orwin, Martin (2006) 'The Worldly and the Unworldly in Jacayl Dhiig Ma Lagu Qoray by Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame "Hadraawi".' Research in African Literatures, 37 (3). pp. 15-27.

Orwin, Martin (2003) 'On the Concept of 'Definitive Text' in Somali Poetry.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (3). pp. 334-347.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Language Use in Three Somali Religious Poems.' Journal of African Cultural Studies, 14 (1). pp. 69-87.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'On Consonants in Somali Metrics.' Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere, 65 . pp. 103-127.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Introduction to Somali Poetry and translations of 'Samadoon' by Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Cali Xaaji Axmed and 'Jacayl Dhiigma ma lagu Qoray' by Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame 'Hadraawi'.' Modern Poetry in Translation - Non English Language Poetry in England, vol. 1 . pp. 12-30.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Journal of African Cultural Studies.' Journal of African Cultural Studies; Special Issue �Islamic Religious Culture in Africa�, vol. 1 . p. 119.

Orwin, Martin (2000) 'A literary stylistic analysis of a poem by the Somali poet Axmed Ismaciil Diiriye 'Qaasim'.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 63 (2). pp. 194-214.

Orwin, Martin and Cabdullaahi, Maxamed (1997) 'An approach to relationships between Somali metre types.' African Languages and Cultures, 10, 1 . pp. 83-100.

Orwin, Martin (1993) 'Language and poetry: an inextricable link.' Hal-Abuur Wargeys Xilliyeedka Suugaanta iyo Dhaqnka Soomaalida/Journal of Somali Literature and Cult, 1/1 . pp. 24-7.

Orwin, Martin and Hayward, RJ (1991) 'The prefix conjugation in Qafar-Saho: The survival and revival of a paradigm - Part 1.' African Languages and Cultures, 4(2) . pp. 157-76.

Other

Orwin, Martin (2003) ''Somali literature', 'Faarax Maxamed Jaamac "Cawl"', 'Galaal, Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil'.' In: Enclylopedia of African Literature. Routlege (UK). 190,181, 502-504.

Orwin, Martin (2003) 'Somalia.' Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world. London: Continuum.

Orwin, Martin (2003) 'Muqdisho.' Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world. London: Continuum.

Orwin, Martin (2002) 'Samadoon by Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Cali Xaaji Axmed.' In: Index on Censorship: Home and Away, Diaspora Voices. pp. 75-8.

Orwin, Martin and Haji, Abdullahi (1999) 'Of Hand-made moons.' In: Focus on Africa. BBC. p. 46.

Orwin, Martin (1997) 'Somali/Somalia/Somaliland: Ethnography [an] Geography [and] History 1880-1960 [and] The role of Islam in Somali society [and] Language [and] Literature.' In: Encyclopaedia of Islam. Brill. 713-4, 714-5, 716-8, 722-4, 724-5,725-7.

Orwin, Martin (1995) 'Illustrated Catalogue of UNITAF Aerial Leaflets Used in Support of Operation 'Restore Hope' Somalia 9 December 1992 - 4 May 1993.' The Psywar Society.

Orwin, Martin (1994) 'Somali.' In: The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Pergamon Press. pp. 4047-8.

Orwin, Martin (1994) 'Somalia: Language situation.' In: The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Pergamon Press. p. 4048.

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