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That moment was my last exist from home for the next 20 days. As Friday was approaching, tensions kept escalating.

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But even in such inhuman onslaught, protesters were peaceful. Thus, as much as the book is a commentary on the story of Pharaoh and Moses, and its theological, ethical, and political implications, it is also a compelling story of a religious intellectual who is forced by a set of shocking experiences to re-read familiar religious texts in a wholly new way.

The author describes in great detail how Pharaohs use intricate means of co-option, propaganda and coercion to stay in power and, and in an interesting move, lays most of the responsibility for the existence of pharaonic dictatorships at the feet of their subjects.

They demanded their constitutional right to be respected.

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Without directly mentioning Ethiopia, and even specifically stating that his work is not meant to refer to any specific country or regime, the author alludes to clear imageries of his own country as a pharaonic state.


The scar of the post-release trauma that snatched my sleep at night and triggered irresistible weeping still resonates with me. At the end of my first week, there jbeel a crackdown on Awolia mosque at one misfortunes night. The following week was full of terror. Legitimacy at home is legitimacy abroad. He regularly jebwl not just to the need for Christians and Muslims to focus on commonalities but calls for unity in many specific respects.

Pharaohs become what they are primarily because their subjects let them. Women, children, elders and youth were indiscriminately attacked. To witness such a magnificent example of non-violent and peaceful struggle in a country with no record of such practice and, most of all, from the least literate segment of the society was unprecedented.

It is the real story of ordeal of peace loving Muslim Ethiopians by merciless despots. With this book, the author redeploys the story of Pharaoh and Moses and meticulously sets out his views on the contemporary applicability of its lessons. It is a real story of the oppressed being oppressed in broad daylight.

All what we hear was the government planning a full-scale crackdown. The second ground-breaking aspect of the book is that it may also be the first attempt at cross-religious discourse in Ethiopia. Reviewed by Abadir M. Those days were filled with emotional moments. He can be reached at AbadirM.


In fact, he encourages political actors to learn from the moral teachings of the Bible and the Quran which, among other things, teach the perils of mixing religion and state power. The role of social media and mobile messaging were immense and the way it was used was another history we proudly tell for generations to come.

Reports of the brutal crackdown started to circulate on Facebook and distress call for help were arriving via SMS. The epiphany, the initial spark, which eventually led to the writing of an entire book, arose during the initial phase of his detention when he was being tortured. I might have been joking but it was exactly what happened to me. Before I left home, I asked my wife to see how I look and remember what I wore if in case I was not coming back. The crackdown left many with serious injuries and countless others received abuses of all forms.

As usual, the police harshly and mercilessly dispersed them. My wife was washing clothes. I was certainly kidding and she was also smiling. He writes that he was taken to solitary confinement between torture sessions where he would read the Quran to comfort his soul. Original Title in Amharic: