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Title:Recent Islamic Periodicals in Ethiopia (1996-1998)
Author:Ahmed, HusseinISNI
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/northeast_african_studies/v005/5.2.ahmed.pdf
Abstract:In late 1995 and early 1996, eight private Islamic tabloids and an Islamic magazine appeared in Ethiopia, all published in Amharic and covering a wide range of religious themes and secular issues relevant to Islam in Ethiopia. The production and circulation of these publications was an integral part of the religious and cultural revival of Islam led by Ethiopian Muslim intellectuals. This paper deals with the relation between the periodicals' output over the period 1996-1998 and the Islamic revival through a discussion of the major issues covered by two Islamic newspapers, the weeklies 'Hikma' and 'Al-Hijáb', and a magazine, 'Hijra', all circulating in Addis Ababa. The study is based on a summary and analysis of selected issues of the periodicals, and on interviews with the newspapers' editors. The periodicals show some divergence in terms of the constituency of their readership, thematic focus and approaches, with 'Hikma' appealing to the wider public and critical in its analysis of local and national issues and events, 'Al-Hijáb' addressing women and defending their rights, and 'Hijra' seeking the attention of the elite and adopting an official stance. 'Hikma' and 'Al-Hijáb' shared an enhancement of religious knowledge; criticism of religious organizations and leadership; a call for their reform; and defence of Islam against polemics. Notes, ref.