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The Global Side of Medieval at the Getty Centre: Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts

Los Angeles correspondent, Danielle Trynoski takes through the, ‘Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts’ exhibut at the Getty Museum.

The search for Prester John, a projected crusade and the eroding prestige of Ethiopian kings, c.1200–c.1540

The myth of Prester John, a priest-king of phenomenal wealth and power somewhere in the East, was a popular theme in medieval writings and had remarkable staying power.

Emperor Zar’a Ya’eqob (1434-68) And The Christianization Of Medieval Ethiopia

One of the most important figures in Ethiopian Christianity was the 15th century Emperor Zar’a Ya’eqob.

Western relation with Ethiopia during the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

By Hailu Kifle-Egzi

The Indigenous Christians of the Arabic Middle East in an Age of Crusaders, Mongols, and Mamlūks (1244-1366)

The chronological period of study is highlighted by the usurpation of the Ayyūbid-ruled Sultanate by the Baḥrī Mamlūks, while the two most important political-military events in the region were the collapse of the Crusader States and the invasion of the Mongols. This thesis will examine how events impacted on the nine Christian Confessions, treating each separately.

Beleaguered Muslim fortresses and Ethiopian imperial expansion from the 13th to the 16th century

This thesis challenges this common conception by demonstrating that throughout Ethiopia’s medieval period (1270-1555), the time of greatest conflict between the Ethiopian Empire and its Muslim neighbors, Muslim forces did not besiege the Ethiopian Empire.

The Zagwe period re-interpreted: post-Aksumite Ethiopian urban culture

The history of Ethiopia from the decline of Aksum until the early sixteenth century is commonly divided into three periods.

Prester John: Fiction and History

Prester John: Fiction and History Bar-Ilan, Meir History of European Ideas, 20/1-3 (1995) Abstract A Hebrew book of Ben-Sira was published in 1519 in Constantinople, and its appendix includes ‘a copy of the letter that Priesty Juan sent to the Pope in Rome’. Although this story has several versions, its main theme is: Once upon a time, […]

The Rehabilitation Of The Zaguë Kings And The Building Of The Däbrä Sina – Golgotha – Sellassie Complex In Lalibäla

The Rehabilitation Of The Zaguë Kings And The Building Of The Däbrä Sina – Golgotha – Sellassie Complex In Lalibäla By Michael Gervers Africana Bulletin, No. 51 (2003) Introduction: The Zaguë capital, Lalibäla, with its twelve rock-cut and monolithic sites designated as churches, has received more attention in travel and scholarly literature than any other […]

The development of urbanism in the northern Horn of Africa in ancient and medieval times

The development of urbanism in the northern Horn of Africa in ancient and medieval times By Rodolfo Fattovich The Development of Urbanism from a Global Perspective, edited by P.J.J.. Sinclair (Uppsala University, 1996) Introduction: The aim of this paper is to outline the development of urbanism in the northern Horn of Africa from prehistoric to […]

Scholar discovers 6th-century Ethiopian Old Testament

A doctoral student at Durham University in England has discovered the existence of  the oldest known copies of books of the Ethiopic Old Testament. The books date back to the early sixth century. Ted Erho, a postgraduate student in the Department of Theology and Religion, made the find while examining microfilms of classical Ethiopic (Ge’ez) […]

Lalibela and Libanos, the King and the Hydro-Engineer of 13th-Century Ethiopia

Lalibela and Libanos, the King and the Hydro-Engineer of 13th-Century Ethiopia By Mark Jarzombek Thresholds. Vol.34 (200?) Introduction: The complex of rock-cut churches in the city of Lalibela, Ethiopia, is celebrated as one of the great religious sites of the world. In a few years, a lofty UNESCO-funded space-frame roof will protect some of the […]

Hunting Arabia Felix: Politics of the Byzantines, Sasanids, Ethiopians and Arabs in South Arabia in the 6th century A.D

Hunting Arabia Felix: Politics of the Byzantines, Sasanids, Ethiopians and Arabs in South Arabia in the 6th century A.D By Alexander Matveev (St. Petersburg State University) Given at the International Symposium on the Historical Relations Between Arabia, the Greek and Byzantine World (5th century B.C. – 10th century A.D.) on December 7, 2010

Ethiopian Pilgrimage: The Rock Churches of Lalibela

The Christian monarch had a dream. God spoke to him: Build churches of rock this will be a New Jerusalem.

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