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Thomas University School of Law. The book is a pioneering work of Ethiopian literature for two reasons. The peaceful, civilized and persistent in-mosque sit-in protest of Ethiopian Muslims that started in late attracted the hearts and minds of almost everyone. In the face of a brutal authoritarian state that needs no reason to attack citizens, the Ethiopian Muslims rocked the nation from east to west-north to south with sensationally peaceful and exceptionally coordinated in-mosque protests.

He sees jsbel communality as his personal ethical obligation ordained by the Quran in addition to being a necessary step which, if not taken, may lead to the disintegration of Ethiopian civil society and state. As usual, the police harshly and mercilessly dispersed them. The scar of the post-release trauma that snatched my sleep at night and triggered irresistible weeping still resonates with me.

The second ground-breaking aspect of the book is that it may also be the first attempt at cross-religious discourse in Ethiopia. They prayed zhmedin for their motherland, love for its people, coexistence with their neighbor, patience against the brutal crackdown and a repeated call for justice. After describing what pharaonic regimes are, and closely following the story of Moses and Pharaoh, the author then describes how and why pharaonic regimes persist and how they can be successfully resisted.

ahmesin In retaliation, the angry Addis Abeba Muslims occupied the Grand Anwar mosque for the following two days. Before I left home, I asked my wife to see how I look and remember what I wore if in case I was not coming back. Imagine how the scene would look like: Moses also embodies the characteristics of what a great liberation leader should be like — he was patient and persistent, he was polite and honest, and while he was brave in the face of threats he was also a humble man who understood his weaknesses.

Despite the false accusations, heinous propaganda and brutal crackdown, we were unwavering in demonstrating to the nation and the world how people is power and how a neglected community can stand up when cornered and stifled.

I was too eager to see the xhmedin earth-rocking loud protest, but I had to wait for Saturday July 21 to witness and personally experience the life-changing events that unfolded on that black Saturday.

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As the Pharaoh-Moses story shows, it is better to keep state power away from religion as it is in the nature of the powerful to hijack religion and use it to achieve their own political ends. It is a real story in a country where justice, fair-trial, freedom, human rights and dignity are revoked from its vocabulary.


The epiphany, the initial spark, which eventually led to the writing of an entire book, arose during the initial phase of his detention when he was being tortured. I might have been joking but it was exactly what happened to me.

One liberty ahmedjn gets specific treatment is religious liberty which the author concludes requires a separation of religion and state for its proper protection. The microphones that were once used as an ugly propaganda machine for the government fell on the hands of the oppressed. The author uses the Old Testament, which is also recognized as a religious text in Islam, in a bid to build a communal spiritual terrain on which Muslims shmedin Christians can have a joint ethical conversation.

Thus, as much as the book is a commentary on the ahmrdin of Pharaoh and Moses, and its theological, ethical, and political implications, it is also a compelling story jebsl a religious intellectual who is forced by a set of shocking experiences to re-read familiar religious texts in a wholly new way.

To witness such a magnificent example of non-violent and peaceful struggle in a country with no record of such practice and, most of all, from the least literate segment of the society was unprecedented.

Given the level of anger, I predicted that the protest would not be a silent one.

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Many were imprisoned, abused and brutally beaten. The role of social media and mobile messaging were immense and the way ahhmedin was used was another history we proudly tell for generations to come.

The author chooses to write in a style typical of Ethiopian political conversation — one that is full of innuendo and allusion, leaving just enough room jbeel deniability while at the same time allowing the reader to grasp the intended meaning. Tear gases were fired inside the mosque and the federal police officers disrespectfully entered some mosques forcefully. Jjebel the end of the two day uproar for justice, the committee gave an appointment to convene in the first day of Ramadan, Friday July 20, in the Grand Anwar mosque.

They demanded their constitutional right to be respected. Pharaohs become what they are primarily because their subjects let them.

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Reviewed by Abadir M. I put on some of the new cloths I brought with me; brown trouser and thick winter black jacket. Reports of the brutal crackdown started to circulate on Facebook and distress call for help were arriving via SMS. High profile terrorism charge against senior OFC officials, others keeps dragging as court once again adjourned key verdict.


Ethiopians, both Christians and Muslims, should consider this book as a call for action and take steps to collaborate with him, and amongst each other, in order to complete building this common ground or common grounds by picking up where he left off. That moment was my last exist from home for the next 20 days. Perhaps, watching the silence they managed to break and the dissent they lead against the brutal regime snowballed to create the ongoing change in the country could partially mend their wound.

He thus concludes that dictatorships are joint ventures between Pharaohs and their subjects, and it is the responsibility of the people to stop rewarding bad behavior if they want to take back the power that is originally theirs. The capital city then erupted with Azan kebel for prayer and a huge mass from all corner of the city started marching towards Awolia. It is the real story of ordeal of peace loving Muslim Ethiopians by merciless despots.

When the Imam concluded the prayer, the area instantly ahemdin into a spectacular open theater where the tens of thousands of protesters showed symbolic gesture of protest artistically with an extraordinary coordination. It is a real story of the oppressed being oppressed in broad daylight.

A source of peril or prosperity for the Somali Region? In fact, he encourages political actors to learn from the moral teachings of the Bible and the Quran jebl, among other ahmerin, teach the perils of mixing religion and state power. The author describes in great detail how Pharaohs use intricate means of co-option, propaganda and coercion to stay in power and, and in an interesting move, lays most of the responsibility for the existence of pharaonic dictatorships at the feet of their subjects.

At the end of my first week, there was a crackdown on Awolia mosque at one misfortunes night.

The crippling morning cold, the blazing afternoon sun and the chilly summer rain never deterred the congregation. A conclusion that underpins the entire book is its unflinching dislike for dictatorship and its support for liberty and rights. With this book, the author redeploys the story of Pharaoh and Moses and meticulously sets out his views on the contemporary applicability of its lessons.

They preached peace, justice and the birthright to live like a human being.

Women, children, elders and youth were indiscriminately attacked. He can be reached at AbadirM. He alludes to the length of time Pharaoh has been in power, how he changed with the times, and how he used developmentalist discourse to justify power in ways that are reminiscent of Ethiopia.