As part of the Eastern African Studies series, this text explores the uneasy relationship between the Protestant evangelical church, Mekane Yesus, established by the Oromo of Western Ethiopia early in the 20th century, and the central authorities of the Ethiopian state.
North America: Ohio U Press; Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University Press
Focus and methodology - a bird's eye view of the dynamics between centre and periphery in Ethiopia. Part 1 Church and politics on the eve of revolution, February 1974: emerging contradictions in the imperial strategy during the reign of Haile Selassie I; the western periphery; the EECMY centre's relation to society; evangelical Christianity on the western periphery; summary. Part 2 Revolution, February 1974-March 1978: the revolt of the periphery; the EECMY's response to the revolution; the struggle on the western periphery; summary. Part 3 Persecution, March 1978-January 1985: an autocratic dictatorship at the centre; the revolutionary government's religious policy; the EECMY centre at bay; persecution in the EECMY synods; allegations against evangelical Christians; international and ecumenical reactions; the persecution experience; summary; epilogue - January 1985-May 1991; conclusion.