IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 534: Medieval Ethiopia, I: Religious Plurality in Medieval Ethiopia

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair:Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 534-aShedding Light on Medieval Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) Monasticism: An Examination of Sources and Suggestions for Future Studies
(Language: English)
Bar Kribus, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem / Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Other, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 534-bThe Structure of Argumentation in Pseudo-Aksumite Hagiography
(Language: English)
Felege-Selam Yirga, Department of History, Ohio State University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Other
Abstract

The four sessions will bring together papers on medieval Ethiopia, Egypt, and beyond; special attention is given to the interaction between these regions and the Mediterranean, including artistic exchange, trade, and historiography. The first session highlights the religious plurality in medieval Ethiopia; the second one on artistic exchange and historiography. The mythical Prester John and other aspects of the Western image of Ethiopia will be explored in the third session. Finally, the fourth session will bring together paper focussing on the Red sea region as connecting the Mediterranean to Eastern Africa.