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Title:A spatial reading of urban political-religious conflict: contested urban landscapes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Authors:Stockmans, Jep
Büscher, Karen
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
local politics
interreligious relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X1600077X
Abstract:This article presents a spatial approach to the recent history of conflict and confrontation between the Ethiopian Government and Ethiopian Muslim Communities in Addis Ababa. Based on original ethnographic data and inspired by existing academic studies on political-religious relationships in Addis Ababa, this study takes a closer look at the significance of the urban public landscape in power-struggles between the EPRDF and the Muslim communities. The article argues that political-religious struggle in Addis Ababa shapes the current urban landscape, as use of and control over urban public space and place forms a crucial element in the strategies of public authority of all involved actors. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]