Has religion been fueling the politics of conflict in Ethiopia? A cautionary tale

For much of its history, Ethiopia has been seen as a “deeply religious” country, with the settlement of the earliest Christians in the early fourth century and Muslim communities in the early seventh century. One might ask: why in Ethiopia there is so much violence, since violence is presumably not in line with its religious ideals? In this opinion piece Prof. Jan Abbink asks the question if religion is a conflict dimension in contemporary Ethiopia.

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This article was published on Canopy Forum, Centre for the Study of Law and Religion (2022).


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Jan Abbink

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Jan Abbink is an anthropologist-historian and carries out research on the history and cultures of the Horn of Africa (Northeast Africa), particularly Ethiopia.

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