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Title:Contemporary and Historical Muslim Scholars as Portrayed by the Ethiopian Islamic Press in the 1990s
Author:Gori, AlessandroISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:8
Pages:72-94
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:ulema
Islam
press
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
Bibliography/Research
Religion and Witchcraft
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:This paper presents information about 19th-century Ethiopian Muslim scholars, in order to enhance our general knowledge of Ethiopian Islam, and, moreover, to contribute to a better prosopographical understanding of the Muslim presence in Ethiopia. After the fall of the Derg regime in 1991, the Islamic press flourished in Ethiopia. The monthly 'Bilal' was the first Islamic magazine to be founded in post-Derg Ethiopia in 1993. The present paper summarizes the content of five biographical articles about learned exponents of Islam in Ethiopia, which were published in 'Bilal'. It concerns biographies of Haggi Bäser Ali Tigani (1859-1973 AD), Sayh 'Isa Hamza Alqatbare (1858-1941 EC), Sayh Säyd Mähammäd Sadiq (1889-1969 EC), Haggi Muhammäd Sani Habib (1906-1981 EC) and Haggi 'Abdulbasit Mähammäd (1920-1985 EC). Besides historical, biographical and cultural data, the paper also discusses the process of reconstruction of the historical consciousness of Ethiopian Muslims in the first lustrum of the 1990s. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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