Muslim-Christian Relations in Ethiopia

Dr Mohammed Girma
The Bible Society

Ethiopia is considered as one of the cultures which boasts historic peaceful Muslim-Christian coexistence. Part of the reason is that the identity of Ethiopian Islam was more coloured by indigenous culture than by religious ideology.

An indigenous narrative shaped by the core worldview of Christian political elites often put heavy emphasis on unitary national identity, shrewdly eschewing the missional dimension of both religions. This unitary identity is meant to transcend religious and ethnic boundaries. This presentation aims to discuss the cost of harmonious co-existence and how this could be changing in the future as the missional edge sharpens.