Islam, Ethnicity, and Conflict in Ethiopia

The Bale Insurgency, 1963-1970

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Terje Østebø
  • Cambridge: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , October
     300 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Focusing on the role of religion and ethnicity in times of conflict, Terje Østebø investigates the Muslim-dominated insurgency against the Ethiopian state in the 1960s, shedding new light on this understudied case in order to contribute to a deeper understanding of religion, inter-religious relations, ethnicity, and ethno-nationalism in the Horn of Africa. Islam, Ethnicity and Conflict in Ethiopia develops new theoretical perspectives on the interrelations between ethnic and religious identities, considering ethnic and religious groups as mutually exclusive categories by applying the term peoplehood as an analytical tool, one that allows for more flexible perspectives. Exploring the interplay of imagination and lived, affective reality, and inspired by the 'materiality turn' in cultural- and religious studies, Østebø argues for an integrated approach which recognizes and explores embodiment and emplacement as intrinsic to formations of ethnic and religious identities.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Terje Østebø is associate professor in the Center for African Studies and the Department of Religion, at the University of Florida where his research focuses on Islam in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, and Salafism in Africa. He is the author of Localising Salafism (2012) and the coeditor of Muslim Ethiopia (2013).



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