Topic: World History
Ethiopia: Christianity, Islam, Judaism
A detailed history of Ethiopia’s religious
history, this book surveys the religious dimension and its role in the
history of Ethiopia, from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the present.
It examines the Ethiopian interpretation of each of the three belief
systems, their local institutions, and their inter-relations.
An introduction summarizes
the flexible, non-essentialist nature of Ethiopia’s religiosity.
“Christianity” analyzes the history and many faces of the country’s
hegemonic religion. It deals with the development of the
spiritual-theological elements of Ethiopia’s unique form of Christianity
and their role in the history of the country and its foreign relations.
“Islam” discusses the structure of
Ethiopian Islam and its development as the minority religion on the margin
of society, contending with the national Christian hegemony, and ends with
its apparent revolution and penetration into the core in the 1990s. It also
follows Ethiopia’s relations with Middle Eastern countries.
“Judaism” surveys the culture of “Beta Israel”:
the essence of this special Jewry, its customs and practices, and its
development and historical place in the multi-faceted religious and social
fabric of Ethiopian society.
2003, 384 pp., cat. # 10333
Professor Haggai Erlich,
of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University
and the Department of History at the Open University, is author of 10
books, among them Ethiopia and the Middle East (Lynne Rienner, 1994) and The Cross and the River –
Ethiopia, Egypt and the Nile (Lynne Rienner,
2002) and co-editor of The Nile – Histories, Cultures, Myths (Lynne Rienner, 2000).
Professor Steven Kaplan, Associate
Professor of Comparative Religion and African Studies at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, is Provost of the Rothberg International School.
An expert on Ethiopia, he has authored and edited numerous publications,
including The Beta Israel (Falasha) in
Ethiopia: From Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century (New York
University Press, 1992).
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