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JIMMA ABBA JIFARAn Oromo Monarchy, Ethiopia 1830-1932With a Postscriptby Herbert LewisPAPERBACK

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JIMMA ABBA JIFARAn Oromo Monarchy, Ethiopia 1830-1932With a Postscriptby Herbert LewisPAPERBACK

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Established around 1830, the Kingdom of Jimma Abba Jifar was the largest and most powerful of the five monarchies formed by the Oromo in the Gibe region of southwestern Ethiopia. Although the Oromo are known for their democratic (“republican”) gada system, Jimma and other Gibe states arose through a series of processes and historical events in the 19th century that propelled certain men into positions of supreme power.  Based on intensive fieldwork in Jimma, this book presents a study of the history and organization of Jimma under its most powerful ruler, Abba Jifar II (1878-1932). Lewis stresses the dynamic aspects of politics and places the politicial history and structure of Jimma in perspective by noting its similarities and differences to monarchial systems in other parts of Africa and the rest of the world.  He also explores those distinctive aspects of the Oromo culture which gave Jimma Abba Jifar its particular political style and includes an ethnographic study of an Oromo Muslim agricultural community.

 

This is one of the first published professional anthropological works about the Oromo and will be of strong interest to social scientists as well as African anthropologists and historians.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Herbert S. Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been concerned with Oromo and Ethiopian studies since the late 1950s. In addition to this book and numerous articles about various aspects of Oromo culture and history, he is the author of After the Eagles Landed, The Yemenites of Israel, a study of cultural change and ethnicity. He received his doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1963.

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Anthropology, History/AFRICA

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