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Addis Abeba, May 12, — The author wrote the book during his time in prison, where he remains for over four and a half years at the time this review jfbel published. Ibrahim, for Addis Standard. Moses also embodies the characteristics of what a great liberation leader should be like — he was patient and ahmedkn, he was polite and honest, and while he was brave in the face of threats he was also a humble man who understood his weaknesses.

Jumping in and out of scripture the author draws a picture, which at points looks like a blueprint, of how dictatorship is to be resisted, how dictators will react to such resistance, and what needs to be done to ensure success for the eventual realization of freedom, justice, and rights.

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. I sincerely hope wee will be able to close this bitter chapter and move on. The scars of the inhumane treatments, the beatings, derogatory insults and blatant denial of justice I personally witnessed together with close to a thousand innocents souls still lives with me.

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Moses, the protagonist, is portrayed an activist who fought for human rights and especially the freedom of religion, a right which is so fundamental that even God does not violate it.

As the Pharaoh-Moses story shows, it is better to keep jebell power away from religion as it is in the nature of the powerful to hijack religion and use it to achieve their own political ends.


It was my first day to participate in the weekly Friday protest and it was by a mare chance a silent protest. On my way to the taxi station, I met my elder sister and told her where I was going. At the end of the two day uproar for justice, the committee gave an appointment to convene in the first day of Ramadan, Friday July 20, in the Grand Anwar mosque.

Women, children, elders and youth were indiscriminately attacked. 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 ahmeedin compelling story of a religious intellectual who is forced ahmddin a set of shocking experiences to re-read familiar religious texts in a wholly new way. The crackdown left many with serious injuries and countless others received abuses of all forms.

But even in such inhuman onslaught, protesters were peaceful.

But no doubt, their full recovery will wait the day Ethiopian Muslims start walking their head held high and enjoy their long-due full rights as citizens. After going through the familiar motions of how Moses called for monotheism, he reintroduces Moses as a human rights activist and a leader of a liberation movement. He emphasizes that ahjedin separation of religion and state is critical for a multi-religious society such as Ethiopia and that no one group should use state power to oppress or discriminate against others.

Despite the false accusations, heinous propaganda and brutal crackdown, we were unwavering in demonstrating to the nation and the world how people is power and how a neglected community can stand up when cornered and stifled.

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Yet, he does not want to banish religion from the hearts and minds of political actors. In the weeks I arrived from abroad the government had already started threatening, torturing and imprisoning protestors. 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.

The microphones that were once used as an ugly propaganda machine for the government fell on jbel hands of the oppressed. The capital city then erupted with Azan call for prayer and a huge mass from all corner of the city started marching towards Awolia.


That moment was jebdl last exist from home for the next 20 days. Ethiopians, both Christians and Muslims, should consider this book as a call for action and take steps to collaborate with him, and amongst each other, in order to complete building this common ground or common grounds by picking up where he left off.

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The scar of the post-release trauma that snatched my sleep at night and triggered irresistible weeping still resonates with me. One of amhedin interesting facets of how he does this is that, while being extremely critical of what he describes as pharaonic political systems, the author is also ever cognizant of the fact that the book itself is being written in a pharaonic state. They preached peace, justice and the birthright to live like a human being.

My stay was too short to count but too hard to forget.

The second ground-breaking aspect of the book is that it may also be the first attempt at cross-religious discourse in Ethiopia. He sees such communality as his personal ethical obligation ordained by the Quran in addition to being a necessary step which, if not taken, may lead to the disintegration of Ethiopian civil society and state.

In this process, and to his surprise, he found the story of Pharaoh and Moses to be freshly insightful and relevant to his condition.

Book Review: ‘Pharaoh: The Symbol of Dictators’: By Ahmedin Jebel

Thomas University School of Law. Those days were filled with emotional moments.

After describing what pharaonic regimes are, and closely following the story of Moses and Pharaoh, the author then describes how and why pharaonic regimes persist and how they can be successfully resisted.