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The ʿAjamization of Islam in Ethiopia through esoteric textual manifestations in two collections of Ethiopian Arabic manuscripts

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Arabic letters -as a materialization of the ‘chosen language’ of the Revelation and its esoteric facet- have been employed for the creation of magical amulets in different Muslim communities. Esotericism was accepted by Islam in the Ethiopian Muslim communities and the analyis of the esoteric material in the corpus chosen for this contribution shows a fully Islamic tradition of esoteric believes, amulet-making, divination, etc. but, could this kind of literature constitute a source of information about local peculiarities and the ʿAjamization of Islam as well?
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalIslamic Africa Journal
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
StateAccepted/In press - 2 Jan 2017
EventSacred Word: The Changing Meanings in Textual Cultures of Islamic Africa - Evanston, United States


ConferenceSacred Word: The Changing Meanings in Textual Cultures of Islamic Africa
LocationInstitute for the study of Islamic Thought in Africa: Northwestern University
CountryUnited States
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