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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Study on an Islamic Prayer Book from the Kingdom of Jimma in Ethiopia



  • History
  • Religion
  • Islam
  • Prayer Book
  • Manuscript


  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ethiopia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2019

Islam has a large presence in North Africa and in numerous regions in sub-Saharan Africa. It is also widely practiced in the eastern and southwestern regions of Ethiopia, situated in the northeast of sub-Saharan Africa and famous for its ancient Christianity. The Kingdom of Jimma, founded by the Oromo, was the first kingdom to convert to Islam in southwestern Ethiopia. ILCAA has obtained an Islamic prayer book made in the Kingdom of Jimma, possessed by J. Borelli, a French explorer who visited this kingdom in the latter half of the 1880s. This project will examine this Islamic prayer book and show its historical significance, exploring records of Islam in the Kingdom of Jimma and southwestern Ethiopia. This project will be an important case study for the process of Islamization in the inland areas of Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.

Hiroki ISHIKAWA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)





  • Kota KARIYA

Joint Researchers

  • Takashi ARAYA
  • Tamon BABA
  • Minako ISHIHARA
  • Motomichi WAKASA
  • Sayuri YOSHIDA



The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Wed 28 Mar 2018 13:30–18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 8F
    “Report on the Contents of the Islamic Prayer Book from the Kingdom of Jimma in Ethiopia”
    All members
    Discussion about Publication of Results and Exhibition

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sun 1 Oct 2017 14:00–19:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
    Explanation by Coordinator about Research Plan
    Minako ISHIHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    “On the History of Islam in Ethiopia with Special References to the Kingdom of Jimma”
    All members
    Discussion about Publication of Results and Exhibition

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