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ISLHORNAFR Report Summary

Project ID: 322849
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Denmark

Mid-Term Report Summary - ISLHORNAFR (Islam in the Horn of Africa: A Comparative Literary Approach)

During the first reporting period, the IslHornAfr project has successfully consolidated an international and multidisciplinary ambitious research team. Upon establishing good working relations with partner organizations in Jimma (Ethiopia), Limmu Ennarya (Ethiopia), Hargeisa (Somaliland), the main goals of project activities have been the field study of locally preserved manuscripts and acquisition of the first-hand materials, the development of database for the classification of texts and authors, and the first steps towards the analysis of the collected data.
All sites visited have been mapped with the help of a GPS device, allowing their exact placing in geographical context (see for the map of the sites in Ethiopia).
Detailed reports including a preliminary analysis of the manuscripts surveyed were completed and published on the project website.
In addition, the project secured access for research purposes to the manuscript digital copies from two major collections, the IES (Addis Ababa) and Abdallah Sharif Museum (Harar).
The project database (currently available to project members only) was used to survey most of the manuscripts from the collections of the IES and Abdallah Sharif Museum as well as part of the manuscripts digitized during the first field mission in Ethiopia. On the total, over 800 manuscripts have been surveyed; 850 texts have been identified; they have been associated with 730 persons (authors, owners, scribes).
A series of workshops and conferences have been organized; just some examples are: the launching conference in Hamburg on 17-19 July 2014 (co-organized with 2 more projects,; two project workshops at the University of Copenhagen: on 7 October 2014 ( and on 25 February 2015 (; the project also co-organized a conference in Addis Ababa (18-20 March 2014,, a workshop in Paris (12-13 December 2014,, a panel at the Hargeisa Book Fair (1 August 2015, and a panel at the 19 International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (24-28 August 2015, On the whole, over 30 public talks, interviews, and papers have been given by the project members during the first term, with the overall audience of over 300 persons. 4 monographs/collections and 16 articles have been published by the project members.
The project has successfully achieved all aims set for the first project period.

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