First Footsteps in the Archaeology of Harar, Ethiopia

 Author : Timothy Insoll

Year : 2017

…..Investigating the origins of Harar archaeologically is one of the primary aims of the

research project “Becoming Muslim: Conversion to Islam and Islamization in Eastern
Ethiopia” funded by the European Research Council (ERC-AdG-2015 694254-BM) for
which Timothy Insoll is Principal Investigator. This is a project exploring the contexts
of conversion, i.e. why certain sub-Saharan African cities such as Harar were
key points for conversion to Islam, and the processes of, and factors influencing conversion,
which besides genuine belief include the impact of trade, Saints, Sufis and
Holy men, proselytization, benefits gained from Arabic literacy and administration
systems, enhanced power, prestige, warfare, and belonging to the larger Muslim
community.