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The term “Ethiopian”

You may be surprised to learn that Ethiopia and Ethiopian are not native African names. It comes from Greek Αἰθίοψ (Aithiops), meaning charred/ burnt face. It was a common Mediterranean belief that skin colour was determined by climate, ‘black’ being a result of overcooking in the sun so to speak. They also reckoned curly/ kinky/ woolly hair is caused by the same. However, this could be seen as negative (due to living at an “extremity of the world”) , or positive. Homer described Ethiopians as pious and divinely favoured while Herodotus called them the most attractive people in the world. Continue reading The term “Ethiopian”

In the name of God/s, part 3: Islam

(Obviously this is the one I know best)

  • Founder/s: Abul-Qasim Muhammad Ibn Abd-Allah Ibn Abdul-Muttalib Ibn Hashim (aka. Muhammad or Prophet Muhammad)
  • Approximate age: 1400 years
  • Place of origin: Arabia
  • Holy book/s: Qur’ān & aḥādiyth*
  • Original language of holy book/s: Arabic
  • Demonym of adherents: Muslims
  • Approximate number of current global adherents: 1,570,000,000
  • Place of worship name/s: mosque, masjid

* There’s also the aḥādiyth qudsiy, a group of 40 reports that supposedly came directly from Allah to Muhammad. Some count them separately, I don’t.  

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