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If someone is ill they are read passages from the book and it is thought to give them strength.Clashes over the forceful conversion of Christian girls to Islam has left 12 people dead in Nigeria’s north-western state of Kaduna.The earlier date given to the manuscripts coincides with Abba (Father) Garima's arrival in Ethiopia from Constantinople in 494 AD adding weight to the legend that he was responsible, at least in part, for writing the texts.Mark Winstanley, who helped to carry out the conservation, said: "The monks believe that the book has the magical powers of a holy text.If the husband of a Muslim woman dies, it is the husband's brother responsibility to look after the wife and the children. Nowadays many men and women, often those, who live in urban areas as opposed to rural communities, do not follow this tradition and do not have arranged marriages but it is important to marry someone the family approves of.

According to tradition and culture the bride must be virgin when the marriage takes place.The Garima Gospels, which are believed to have magical powers, have never left the monastery.They were written on goat skin in the early Ethiopian language of Ge'ez and are thought to be the earliest example of book binding still attached to the original pages.He also blamed Christian youths for what followed, saying: “There are Muslims boys that are dating Christian girls.Some of the girls dating the Muslim boys got converted to Islam.

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