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Title:Moslems and Islam in Ethiopic literature
Author:Demoz, Abraham
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Muslim-Christian relations
Abstract:The expansion of Islam into Ethiopia differed from its expansion into much of the rest of Africa in that in Ethiopia Islam was challenged by one of the 'higher' religions of the world which had entrenched itself in the country, at least in the politically dominant highland areas, for many centuries before the advent of Islam, and which had an elaborate cultural and literary tradition of its own. Islam was able to make its most successful and lasting inroads only in those areas of Ethiopia where Christianity had not taken a foothold - namely, areas outside the north-western highland home of Ethiopian Christianity. This paper briefly examines the impact that the Struggle Islam-Christianity has had on Ethiopic literature (written in Ge'ez). Some passing remarks are made about literature in other Ethiopian languages and about some Arabic works written in Ethiopia. Notes.