Photograph by R. Venturi, Intersos, Contrastos
Traditional schooling continues as always in a small village near Jawhar in southern Somalia, where boys recite verses from the Koran. Nearly all Somalis are Muslims, but this unity of faith has seldom led to political unity. Islam reached different parts of the country at different times and in different ways, dividing its followers. An Islamic revival in recent years has so far failed to bring Somalis together. In the south, where fighting among rival clans continues, some see sharia, or Islamic law, as a means of restoring order.