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Title:The Islamization of the Gibe Region, Southwestern Ethiopia from c. 1830s to the Early Twentieth Century
Author:Gemeda, Guluma
Year:1993
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:26
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:63-79
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Islam
religious conversion
Oromo
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
History, Archaeology
history
religion
Gibe region (Ethiopia)
Abstract:Using the insights of Robin Horton and H.J. Fisher concerning factors influencing religious conversion, the present author explains the process of Islamization in the Gibe region, in southwestern Ethiopia, in the nineteenth century, and the reasons why Islam was accepted by the Jimma Oromo but rejected by their neighbours, such as the Kafa, and the rest of the Oromo living to the south of the Gojeb River. In analysing the social and political circumstances that favoured the Islamization of the Gibe Oromo, the author outlines the effects of the decline of the 'gada' system and the emergence of new political structures, the role of long-distance trade, Muslim merchants, clerics and local political elites. Notes, ref.
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