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Title:'We are the same but different': accounts of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian adherents of Islamic suf´ saints
Author:Zeleke, Meron
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion (ISSN 1011-7601)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Ethiopian Church
Abstract:In the political environment of post-1991 Ethiopia where ethnic federalism has made ethnicity the main organizing principle in forming and framing different identity and resource claims, the growing ethno-religious tensions in different parts of the country are often described as arising from differences in religious ideologies, political opinions, rights questions and clashing political claims. On the other hand, faith institutions in some parts of the country are hosting people across ethnic and religious boundaries. This article explores the social construction of religious boundary by addressing how religious 'otherness' is constructed at the local level. The author presents local perceptions and definitions of what a religious boundary is and what crossing the boundary entails. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]