PANEL 3.04

Ulamas on the move: Scholarly trends in Ethiopian Islam from the end of the 18th century to the begining of the 21st.

Coordination:
Shiferaw Bekele , Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia;
Kemal Abdul Wehab Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

In this panel, the focus will be on discussing the vast interactions between Ulamas of different parts of Ethiopia and between those of Ethiopia and the outside world through the study of individual life histories and religious poetry particularly as it manifests itself in religious music (menzuma). Each panellist will present the short biography of a noted ulama in which he reconstructs the intellectual movements of the person – the schools to which he went, the intellectual influences to which he was exposed, and the places where he went to teach! This prosopographical approach will also enable participants to look at the diffusion of religious ideas through the study of menzuma, a religious music of paramount significance for Ethiopian Islam in which poetry is used to a very high effect. Ulamas used religious poetry as a vehicle for the transmission of ideas, as an instrument to inspire, if possible to arouse to a high degree of passion, and to mobilize the faithful for a religious movement.
Even if the majority of the subjects that are studied in the history of Ethiopian Islam are male scholars, there will be a paper (if possible more) on women ulamas. In highlighting the writings – and ideas - of some of the leading Islamic scholars from different parts of Ethiopia, the panel hopes to contribute to the mainstreaming of Ethiopian Muslim scholars. By mainstreaming, it is meant the inclusion of some of the poetry and thoughts of Islamic scholars in text books and in the wider national discourse.
The panel will be held in memory of the late Professor Hussein Ahmed of the Department of History of Addis Ababa University who had done so much to bring out the contributions of Ethiopian Islamic scholars in his study of the history of Islam in the country.

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SELECTED PAPERS

Prof.

ABBEBE KIFLEYESUS

Sufism and Syncretism in Northeastern Shewa

PhD

ABDELLA KHADIR

Sheikh junaid bulbula of bale: his llife and his contribution to islamic education in bale and arsi.

Mrs

AMIRA ABDULKADIR

The Tigrigna-'Ajami Hagiography of Nejashi: philological and historical analysys

Mr

ASSEFA MAMMO

 

Heroic qualities of Epic standards in the Manzuma of a female panegyrist Janoye (d. 2010)

Mr

ENDRIS MUHAMMED

Analysis of Amharic Letters of Shaykh Sayyid Muhammed Sadiq( 1897-1977 )

Prof.

GORI Alessandro

The nobility of learning: šaraf and 'ilm in the Asq?r? lineage (Wällo)

Mr

HASSEN MUHAMMED

Shaykh Muhammed Jaju and his Islamic religious reform in Arsi-land

Dr.

ISHIHARA Minako

Text in Context: Al-Faki Ahmad Umar in Bab al-Wusul

Mr

KEMAL ABDULWEHAB

The mystic and scholarly contributions of Shaykh Jem?l Al-D?n Muhammad Al-Ann? of Raya ?c.1796-1882)

Mr

MUHAMMAD HAKIM

SHAYKH ’A?MAD SHAYKH SIR?J AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO ETHIOPIAN PHILOLOGY

Mrs

MUNA ABUBAKAR

Ametullah a Great Female Ulema of Harar (b.1851), Ethiopia

Prof.

SHIFERAW BEKELE

Ulamas on the Move: Introductory Notes on the Dynamism of Islam in Ethiopia since 1800

Dr

YASIN MOHAMMED

Islam in Illubabor

PAPER SUBMISSION

Authors are advised to submit their paper to the Organizing Committee
before September 30, 2012
.

Papers will be published as pre-proceedings on the website, under each panel section.

Papers should be limited to ca. 5000 words or 30,000 signs (including spaces).

Papers have to be submitted online, by uploading under each panel section (go to the page of the panel in which your paper is selected and upload your text).

Papers can also be sent to the Organizing Committee (organization@ices18.org) with specification of panel number.

Submitted papers will be directly transmitted to the panel organizers and published online after approval by the panel organizers.

Guidelines to authors for formatting papers:

Transilteration systems for Ethiosemitic languages



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