Jon Abbink

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence





Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands


Mailing Address

African Studies Center
P.O. Box 9555
2300 RB
The Netherlands

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: +31-71-5273367
fax: +31-71-5273344


Countries of Specialization

Ethiopia, Eritrea

Research Interests

The Horn of Africa (esp. Ethiopia); Themes of interest:
Ethnicity, political anthropology, ethnology and material culture of


Selected publications:
For a list of publications (not complete) in the ASC Leiden catalogue, see:

A Bibliography on Christianity in Ethiopia. Leiden, The Netherlands:
African Studies Center, 2003. Working paper 52. (102 p.)

Eritreo-Ethiopian studies in society and history: a supplementary
bibliography 1960-1995. Leiden, The Netherlands: African Studies
Center, 1996.

Ethiopian society and history: a bibliography of Ethiopian studies
1957-1990. Research reports (Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden.
Afrika-Studiecentrum); no. 45. Leiden, The Netherlands: African Study
Centre, 1991.

Co-Editor, with Göran Aijmer.
Meanings of violence: a cross cultural perspective. Oxford ; New
York : Berg Publishers, 2000.

Co-Editor, with Gerti Hesseling.
Election observation and democratization in Africa. Basingstoke,
UK : Macmillan ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.

Journal articles:

"An historical-anthropological approach to Islam in Ethiopia: issues of
identity and politics," Journal of African cultural studies. Vol.
11, no. 2 (1999): 109-24.

"Violence, ritual and reproduction: culture and context in Surma
duelling," Ethnology. Vol. 38, no. 2 (1999): 227-42.

"The Eritrean-Ethiopian border dispute," African affairs. Vol. 97,
no. 389 (1998): 551-65.


ethnicity ; political anthropology ; ethnology ; material culture ; ...