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Al-Nejashi mosque (Negash)

Al-Nejashi mosque (Negash)

The mosque at Negash is apparently the oldest mosque in Africa, established in the 7th century BCE by refugees from Mecca who were fearing persecution and had heard that Abyssinia was a tolerant nation. The then King, Negus, was a Christian but converted to Islam at a later date.

My guide told me that there were perhaps still some 500 Muslims in the village/area (a recent census suggests only ca 1-2 % of the ca 8000 population now follow Islam, which would give a lower figure but that might not include the surrounding area). Wehn I visited, in 2015, a major project of renovation was underway, with the financial support of the Turkish government.

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Photo prise le 3 janvier 2015 (© 10b travelling / Carsten ten Brink / Flickr)

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