Leaf of Allah
Title Details

224 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

15 b/w, 5 line illus.

Series: Eastern African Studies

Imprint: James Currey

Leaf of Allah

Khat and Agricultural Transformation in Harerge, Ethiopia 1875-1991

by Ezekiel Gebissa

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A social and economic history of khat in Harerge, Ethiopia, as it replaced other cash crops

In the late-19th-century, the main cash crop of Harerge, Ethiopia, shifted from coffee and food crops to khat, a quasi-legal psychoactive shrub. This text examines the demographic, market and political factors behind this change and explores the consequences.

North America: Ohio U Press
"This impressive book is a well-researched case study of socio-economic change caused by the production, distribution and consumption of khat in eastern Ethiopia since the late nineteenth century." James Quirin, JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY
"In Leaf of Allah, the first social and economic history of Khat in Ethiopia and surrounding lands of which I am aware, Gebissa explores the dramatic growth in its production, and its impact on the region where it is grown. In the process, he has immersed himself not just in the literature but also in the lives of Harerge farmers and traders, producing a book that is constantly fascinating." Christopher Clapham, TLS
"Ezekiel Gebissa writes with a fluency that comes from a vivid interest in the subject, and the khat producers and traders of the Harer highlands come to life in his hands, often in their own words. He has done them proud." Christopher Clapham, GHANA TIMES

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9780852554807

January 2004

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Title Details

224 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

15 b/w, 5 line illus.

Series: Eastern African Studies

Imprint: James Currey