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THE JOURNAL OF OROMO STUDIES Volume 15, Number 2 July 2008Editor: Ezekiel Gebissa, Kettering University


THE JOURNAL OF OROMO STUDIES Volume 15, Number 2 July 2008Editor: Ezekiel Gebissa, Kettering University

ISSN 1070-2202 443

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The Journal of Oromo Studies (JOS) is a leading scholarly publication of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA). Issued twice a year, the journal publishes articles pertaining to all areas of Oromo Studies past, present and future, including topics related to the Oromo Diaspora worldwide. Its interdisciplinary scope and revisionary approach offers readers a critical view of the socioeconomic, political and cultural achievements of the Oromo people in their interactions with the people of the Horn of Africa.

Reflecting the diverse interests of OSA members, the journal emphasizes multidisciplinarity and embraces variety by publishing articles that allow both the specialist and the general reader gain far-reaching insights and a thorough understanding of the Oromo people and the Horn of Africa region.

The contributed essays included in this issue are:


Comparing Oromo and Ancient Egyptian Philosophy by Charles Verharen

The Egyptian Occupation of Harer and Its Impact on the Oromo in Harerge by Mohammed Hassen

Language Choice in Multilingual Societies: An Appraisal of the Ethiopian Case by Abera Degefa

The Expansion of Addis Ababa and Its Impact on the Surrounding Areas: A Preliminary Study of the Nefas Silk Lafto District by Kenate Worku

Foundations of a State in Oromia: Applying Gadaa Principles in the Twenty First Century by Asafa Jalata

The Problem of Fin de Regime in Ethiopia: Assessing the Debate within the Oromo National Movement by Ezekiel Gebissa

Book Reviews

Getahun Benti, Addis Ababa Migration and the Making of A Multi-Ethnic Metropolis, 1941-1974 (Trenton, NJ: The Red Sea Press, 2007) 279 pp. price $29.95. Reviewer: Mohammed Hassen.

Asafa Jalata. Oromummaa: Oromo Culture, Identity and Nationalism. Atlanta (Oromia Publishing Company, 2007) 291 pp. price $30.00 pb. Reviewer: Mohammed Hassen.

EZEKIEL GEBISSA is Associate Professor of History at Kettering University. He is the author of Leaf of Allah: Khat and the Transformation of Agriculture in Harerge, Ethiopia, 1875-1991 (James Currey and Ohio University Press, 2004). He has published several articles in refereed journals. He is past president of the Oromo Studies Association and currently editor of the Journal of Oromo Studies.

Oromo Studies/AFRICA

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