CNN on Islam’s Early Days in Ethiopia

The tiny village of Negash in Northern Ethiopia is home to the country's first Muslim community and one of the most important sites in Islam. Currently the town is being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status.


By Colin Hancock and Daisy Carrington,

Tigray, Ethiopia - Ethiopia is often overlooked as a top destination for spiritual pilgrimage. This is an unfortunate oversight.

The country is not just the cradle of civilization, it has played a significant role in the formation of many of the world’s top religions. It is not only the location of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, it is currently believed by some to house the Ark of the Covenant. Scroll through the gallery above for a list of the country’s top religious sites.

Other religions can trace their origins to Ethiopia. Watch the video below to uncover some of Islam’s earliest artifacts.

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