Can Christianity and Islam coexist? Or are Muslims and Christians destined to delegitimize and even demonize each other? Tracing the modern history of the region where the two religions first met, and where they are engaged now in active confrontation, Haggai Erlich finds legacies of tolerance, as well as militancy. Erlich's analysis of political, military, and diplomatic developments in the Horn of Africa from the late nineteenth century to the present is combined with an exploration of the ways in which religious formulations of the nearby 'other' both influenced policymaking and were reshaped by it. His work also demonstrates in a compelling way how initial Islamic and Christian concepts remain directly relevant in the region today, perhaps more so than ever before.
Haggai Erlich is professor of Middle East and African studies at Tel Aviv University. His many publications include Ethiopia and the Middle East and The Nile: Histories, Cultures, Myths.
Muslims and Christians in the Horn of Africa: Interactions Across the Centuries.; From Disastrous Confrontation to Pragmatic Friendship: Ethiopia and Sudan, 1884-1898.; Radicalism, War, and Pragmatism: Ethiopia and the Somalis, 1899-1920.; Africanism, Arabism, Marxism: Ethiopia and Sudan, 1930-1991.; The Return of Political Islam: Ethiopia and Sudan, 1991-2009.; Nationalism and Conflict: Ethiopia and Somalia, 1943-1991.; Religion Returns to the Forefront: Ethiopia and Somalia, 1991-2009.; Religion and Politics in the Horn: Options and Choices.