Locating Politics in Ethiopia's Irreecha Ritual


In Locating Politics in Ethiopia's Irreecha Ritual Serawit Bekele Debele gives an account of politics and political processes in contemporary Ethiopia as manifested in the annual ritual performance. Mobilizing various sources such as archives, oral accounts, conversations, videos, newspapers, and personal observations, Debele critically analyses political processes and how they are experienced, made sense of and articulated across generational, educational, religious, gender and ethnic differences as well as political persuasions. Moreover, she engages Irreecha in relation to the hugely contested meaning making processes attached to the Thanksgiving ritual which has now become an integral part of Oromo national identity.

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Serawit Bekele Debele, Ph.D. (2015), BIGSAS/Bayreuth University, is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. She has published various articles and book chapters on religion and politics in contemporary Ethiopia, including "Reading Prayers as Political Texts: Reflections on Irreecha Ritual in Ethiopia" in Politics, Religion & Ideology (2018).
All interested in contemporary Ethiopia’s political processes and those interested in rituals and politics, readers concerned with religion and politics in Africa.
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