Siddiqis in the Horn of Africa

Siddiqis In The Horn Of Africa

Siddiqis in the Horn of Africa

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One of the geographic areas where Siddiqis are commonly found is Horn of Africa in the Countries of Ethiopia , Somalia and Djibouti. However, In this countries they are not called Siddiqi rather they are known by other local names. Siddiqis in East Ethiopia are usually called Qallu . Some of them speak Arabic still now. But most of them speak the local Oromo, Harari or Somali languages. The tradition here is that the Siddiqis made themselves part of the indigenous African ethnic group accepting the name given to them, but maintaining their own identity. So, in Ethiopia, they are Usually known as Qallu . And in Somalia, they are commonly known as Sheikhal or Aw-Qutub.The notable Siddiqi families in Ethiopia include

1. Kurtu family in Harar, Deder , and Djibouti

2. Aw Barre family

3. Aw......
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