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Ethiopians abroad in the Middle Ages

Les Éthiopiens hors d’Éthiopie au Moyen Âge

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Published on Friday, May 19, 2023

Abstract

Ce colloque est organisé dans le cadre du projet ERC COG HornEast* (Horn & Crescent. Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages). Le projet ERC HornEast a pour objectif de documenter les relations entre les sociétés chrétiennes de la Corne de l’Afrique (Éthiopie, Nubie) et leur environnement islamique aux échelles locale et régionale (Égypte, Palestine, péninsule Arabique), afin de mieux comprendre les modalités du processus d’islamisation à l’œuvre dans la région au cours du millénaire médiéval (VIIe - XVe siècle).

 

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Présentation

À l'occasion du colloque, une exposition photographique sera ouverte au public le mercredi 24 mai 2023, à 14 h, dans la galerie de l'École française de Rome, place Navone, 62 : Islam in Enderta. Two Years of Archaeological Survey and Excavations in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia  Cette exposition présente, à travers une série de tirages grand format et de panneaux explicatifs, les résultats de l’enquête sur le passé islamique du Tigray menée par l’équipe du projet ERC HornEast. Elle sera ouverte et en accès libre jusqu'au 24 juillet 2023.

Programme

Tuesday 23 May

Pontificio Istituto Orientale - Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, 7

  • 15h-15h45: Visit of the Pontifical Oriental Institute
  • 15h45-16h15: Coffee break
  • 16h15-16h45: Welcoming address by Fr. David Nazar (Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute) and Fr. Rafał Zarzeczny (Professor at the Pontifical Oriental Institute)
  • 16h45-17h45: Keynote by Alessandro Bausi : Lost (and Found) in Egypt and the East: The contribution to Ethiopian Studies of Johann Michael Wansleben

Wednesday 24 May

École Francaise De Rome - Piazza Navona

  • 9h: Welcome at the École Française de Rome
  • 9h20: Welcoming address by Vivien Prigent (Directeur des Études pour le Moyen Âge, École Française de Rome)
  • 9h30-10h: Introduction by Julien Loiseau (Aix-Marseille Université – ERC HornEast) and Martina Ambu (LabEx Hastec - EPHE LEM)

Session 1:  Slaves And Freed Men And Women (10h-12h20) Chair: Alessandro Gori

  • 10h-10h40: Sobhi Bouderbala (Université de Tunis – ERC HornEast) : At the service of Muḥammad: Ethiopian slaves and clients in Mecca and Medina during the first decades of Islam
  • 10h40-11h20: Giuseppe Cecere (Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum) : Ethiopian slaves and Muslim mystics in the Medieval Arab World: case studies and general issues
  • 11h20-11h40: Coffee break
  • 11h40-12h20: Craig Perry (Emory University) : Objects of Desire and Subjects of Knowledge: Enslaved and Freed Ethiopian Women in Fifteenth-Century Arabia
  • 12h30-13h30: Lunch
  • 13h30-14h15: Introduction to the exhibition Islam in Enderta. Two Years of Archaeological Survey and Excavations in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia.

Session 2: Cultural Brokers (14h20-18h)

Chair: Anaïs Wion

  • 14h20-15h: Alessandro Gori (Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale Studier – Københavns Universitet) An Ethiopian presence in the devotional geography of the Near East: the maqāms of Bilāl b. Rabāḥ
  • 15h-15h40: Sophia Dege-Müller (Universität Hamburg – Hiob Ludolf Center for Ethiopian Studies) The Mäqdǝmä Wängel – tracing its Arabic Vorlage and translation history
  • 15h40-16h20: Zaroui Pogossian (Università degli Studi di Firenze) Saint Ewosṭatewos and Armenia in the Context of Armenian-Ethiopian Interactions
  • 16h20-16h40: Coffee break
  • 16h40-17h20: Deresse Ayenachew (I Tatti – The Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies) The Stephanites abroad: the case of Abunä Ezra the wise
  • 17h20-18h: Mathilde Alain (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick – Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université de Tours) Este frade andara em Itália e sabia algum tanto de latim: Ethiopians abroad and Francisco Álvares’ travel account

Thursday 25 May

École Francaise De Rome - Piazza Navona

Session 3:  Jerusalem (9h-11h00)

Chair: Gianfrancesco Lusini

  • 9h-9h40: Olivia Adankpo-Labadie (Université Grenoble Alpes) Inventing Ethiopian Pilgrimage to Jerusalem: a study of Ethiopic Medieval Narratives and Archives (13th-16th centuries)
  • 9h40-10h20: Alice Croq (ANR ChrIs-cross) et Camille Rouxpetel (Université de Nantes) Ethiopians in Jerusalem Patriarchates archives (14th-15th centuries)
  • 10h20-11h: Simon Dorso (ERC HornEast – Aix-Marseille Université) From Saḥart and Damūt to the Ḥaram al-Sharīf in Jerusalem: hypothetic trajectories of Rashīd and Mubāraka, two Ethiopian slaves in the second half of the 14th century
  • 11h-11h20: Coffee break

Session 4:  Networks I - Materiality (11h20-12h40)

Chair: Sophia Dege-Müller

  • 11h20-12h: Awet Teklehimanot Araya (Centre for Islamic Archaeology, Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies – University of Exeter & Curator of Hajar-Africa) The Abyssinian/Ethiopian presence in Medieval Eastern Arabia (7th-16th c. AD). Reflections from archaeological investigations in Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf
  • 12h-12h40: Timothy Insoll (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies – University of Exeter) Ethiopians in India? An Archaeological Perspective from Islamic Eastern Ethiopia
  • 13h-14h: Lunch

Session 5:  Networks II - Monasteries And Tariqas (14h-17h)

Chair: Vivien Prigent

  • 14h-14h40: Mikael Muehlbauer (American Research Center in Egypt) Ethiopians at Egyptian Monasteries and Egyptian forms in Ethiopian Monasteries circa 1100
  • 14h40-15h20: Zacharie Mochtari De Pierrepont (FNRS – Université de Liège) Ethiopia, Western Arabia, and the Red Sea mystical environment: assessing the spread of Sufism within Ethiopian scholarly networks (7th-9th/13th-15th c.)
  • 15h20-16h: Martina Ambu (LabEx Hastec – EPHE LEM) & Samantha Kelly (Rutgers University) Ethiopians from Jerusalem, Cairo, and Rome: circulations and exchanges (15th-16th centuries)
  • 16h-16h20: Coffee break
  • 16h20-17h: Bertrand Hirsch (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne) Ethiopian Monks and Dominicans in the Sixteenth century

Session 6:  Networks Iii - Embassies (17h-18h20)

Chair: Timothy Insoll

  • 17h-17h40: Verena Krebs (Ruhr-Universität Bochum – Historisches Institut) All the King’s Men: Italians as Solomonic Ethiopian ambassadors in the 15th century
  • 17h40-18h20: Anaïs Wion (CNRS – Institut des Mondes Africains, Paris) The cost of sending Ethiopian emissaries abroad: a case study (early 16th century)

Friday 26 May

École Francaise De Rome - Piazza Navona

Session 7:  Ethiopian Cairo (9h-12h15)

Chair: Giuseppe Cecere

  • 9h-9h40: Perrine Pilette (CNRS – Orient & Méditerranée, Paris) The many Lives of Matthew I the Poor (1378-1409), from Egypt to Ethiopia
  • 9h40-10h20: Magdi Guirguis (Kafr el-Sheikh University – IFAO) The Coptic traditions of writing to Ethiopian kings and bishops, 13th – 18th centuries
  • 10h20-11h: Iskandar Bcheiry (Atla) Ethiopians in Egypt and Jerusalem during the 15th and early 16th centuries: an examination of four unpublished letters written by the Coptic Patriarch John XIII (1484-1524)
  • 11h-11h20: Coffee break
  • 11h20-12h: Julien Loiseau (Aix-Marseille Université –  ERC HornEast) Is there any Ethiopian connection? People from the Horn of Africa in late 14th-century Cairo
  • 12h-12h15:  General Conclusions
  • 12h30-14h: Lunch

15h30: Proposed visit of the Museo delle Civiltà (Entrance fee 10 €)

Organisation

  • Julien Loiseau (Aix-Marseille Université, projet ERC HornEast)
  • Martina Ambu (LabEx Hastec, EPHE, Paris)

Partenaires

  • Pontificio Istituto Orientale,
  • European Research Council,
  • Aix-Marseille Université,
  • Institut de Recherches et d'Études sur les Mondes Arabes et Musulmans    (UMR 7310 IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence),
  • Centre Français des Études Éthiopiennes (CFEE, Addis Abeba, Éthiopie).

Notes

*This project has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement n° 726206.

Places

  • École française de Rome - Piazza Navona / Pontificio Istituto Orientale - Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore
    Rome, Italian Republic

Event attendance modalities

Full on-site event


Date(s)

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023
  • Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Friday, May 26, 2023

Keywords

  • ethiopie, afrique, archéologie

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Valentina Cuozzo
    courriel : valentina [dot] cuozzo [at] efrome [dot] it

License

CC-BY-4.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0 .

To cite this announcement

École française de Rome, « Ethiopians abroad in the Middle Ages », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, May 19, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1b95

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