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Shanshiya (Arabic: الشاشي) who also go by the name Shaanshi are a Benadiri clan mainly from the southern coastal cities of; MogadishuMarkaBaraawe and Kismayo[1] and have established communities in the hinterlands in towns such as Baidoa and Diinsoor due to trading.

Overview

The Shanshiyo clan or the Shaanshi clan trace their ancestry to ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn ‘Awf,[2][3] a well known and close companion of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). This group along the Benaadir coast first settled in the old quarter Hamar weyne and till this very day can be found predominately living in the houses around the Masjid Awooto Eeday.[4] All Shaanshiyos in Banaadir ancestry traces back to the common ancestor Abubakar Qaffal al-Shashi (from Shaash, which refers to what is now Tashkent[5]). From here this group moved to other places along the coast and into the hinterlands of the former Banaadir. In Marka, they’re part of the local confederacies called the 12 Koofi (Somali: 12 hats) along with clans such as; Duruqbo, Asharaf (Ba ‘Alawi, Bin Hassan and Mahdali), GameedleHaatim, Reer Khaadib, Shukureere, JuunjiReer Manyo and Shiikhaal (Gendershe and Jaziira).[3] In Baraawe this are also found in one of the local clan confederacy called Biida, where the Shanshiyo sub clan Abdi Shuuqale find themselves part of along with the Reer Faqi clan from who are also originally from Hamar Weyne.

Notable People

  • Shaykh SufiAbd Al-Rahman bin Abdullah al Shashi (Arabic: عبد الرحمن بن عبد الله الشاشي‎) (b. 1829 – 1904), popularly known as Sheikh Sufi, was a 19th-century Somali scholarpoetreformist and astrologist. An annual festival is held for him in the Koodka neighbourhood of Hamar Weyne [6]
  • Sheikh Abba, for the latter part of the twentieth century Sheikh Mahamed Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Mahamud al-Shashy, popularly known as Sheikh Abba, was a leading member of the Mogadisho ‘ulama, a follower of the Qadiriyya tariqa and a foremost sheikh of Hamar Weyne [7]

References

  1. ^ Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. pp. 107–108.
  2. ^ Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. p. 205.
  3. Jump up to:ab Ahmed, Hassan. La città di Marka, i Bimaal e il dominio sulla costa somala. p. 58.
  4. ^ Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. p. 148.
  5. ^ Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. p. 226.
  6. ^ Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. p. 161.
  7. ^ Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. p. 223.

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