Religious freedom and the political order: the Ethiopian ‘secular state’ and the containment of Muslim identity politics

  title={Religious freedom and the political order: the Ethiopian ‘secular state’ and the containment of Muslim identity politics},
  author={J. Abbink},
  journal={Journal of Eastern African Studies},
  pages={346 - 365}
  • J. Abbink
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Eastern African Studies
The 2011–2014 controversies between the Ethiopian Government and Muslim communities on the role of Islam in Ethiopia have highlighted the precarious nature of religious relations in Ethiopia. Statements by public figures and religious leaders recently have drawn attention to the nature and scope of the Ethiopian secular state order. This paper describes the recent Muslim protest movement and the response to it by the government in the light of the secular state model. While the challenges to it… Expand
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