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The Gaalje'el (Somali: Gaaljecel, Arabic: الجعل‎) is a Somali clan. Members of the clan traditionally inhabit central and southern Somalia. The majority of the Gaalje'el live in Hiraan and Middle Shabelle.[1]

Gaalje'el is often incorrectly confused as being a sub-clan of Hawiye, due to close political association. There is no relation or closer forefather between the two groups than Samaale.[2]

According to Ali Jimale the etymology around the name Gaalje'el is from gaal meaning camel and je'el meaning love, gaalje'el meaning "that which loves the camel"."Gaal" being the Af May(Reewin dialect) equivalent of "Geel" in Af Maḥa Tiri (the Maḥa Tiri dialect).[3] Other scholars have also alluded to this simply being a 'Somali-fication' of the Arabic tribal name al-Ja'al (جعليون) due to copious amounts of trade within the region in livestock, constant migration of the nomadic bedouins, and the fact that the two groups share many common sub-tribes. Oddly enough, many of those same sub-tribes' names also seem to have a large presence in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iraq.

Clan tree

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology: Conflict analysis in Bakool and Bay, South-western Somalia in 2004 shows the following sub-clan tree for the Gaalje'el[4]

Gaalje'el

  • Ma'wiya (معاوية)
  • Barsame (البرصم)
  • Arwaq (الاروق) *also known as Doqondiide
  • Caloofi (العلفي)
  • Baas (الباز) *also spelt Bees
  • Aafi (العافي)
  • Ereballe (الاربلي)
  • Suqow (الثقي)
  • Magan (الماقني)
  • Oday Ad (عدي عد)
  • Dhemow (الذمي)
  • Soraante (السراني)
  • Abtisame (ابتسامة)
  • Dirisame (ديرسمة)
  • Makahil (المكاييل)

Notable figures

  • Sheikh Hassan Barsame الشيخ حسن البرصمي (Barsame)
  • Isaaq Osman Mahad (Bees)

References

  1. ^ Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany, Conflict analysis in Bakool and Bay, South-western Somalia https://www.eth.mpg.de/3709496/consultancy_report_mar_2004.pdf page 31. "His subclan Gaal Jeel of Hadama derives from the Gaal Jecel, the majority of whom live in Hiran. "
  2. ^ Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany, Conflict analysis in Bakool and Bay, South-western Somalia https://www.eth.mpg.de/3709496/consultancy_report_mar_2004.pdf
  3. ^ Ahmed, Ali Jimale (1995-01-01). The Invention of Somalia. The Red Sea Press. p. 96. ISBN 9780932415998. 
  4. ^ Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany, Conflict analysis in Bakool and Bay, South-western Somalia https://www.eth.mpg.de/3709496/consultancy_report_mar_2004.pdf page 32/31