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This chapter is written by Alessandro Gori

The historical Wallo region of Ethiopia originally draws its name from an ethnonym referring to the branch of the Karayyu Oromo (in turn a section of the larger Barentu – also Baraytuma Oromo) who, towards the end of the 16th century, followed the general movements of the Oromo people and started settling in the region, which today bears their name. Wallo is, more specifically, the name of the eponymous ancestor of the group, the second son of Karayyu according to the Oromo family tree. Wallo became an official province (ṭäqlay gǝzat) of the Ethio…

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“Introduction”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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