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Magic and Spirits in the Medieval Ethiopian Court

Magic and Spirits in the Medieval Ethiopian Court
125 Queen's Park Circle, Lillian Massey Building Room 310
Time: Nov 12th, 2:10 pm End: Nov 12th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), African, 1200-1500
Lecture by Steven Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Centre for Medieval Studies, Department of History, and Department of Historical and Cultural Studies are pleased to present:

Professor Steven Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Magic and Spirits in the Medieval Ethiopian Court

Emperor Zar'a Ya'eqob of Ethiopia (1434-1468) ruled his country with an iron fist. At times it is difficult to tell if he was more obsessed with his devotion to the Virgin Mary, or the threat posed by Satan and practitioners of "magic". This lecture will try to understand why Satan appeared to be so active in his court and why so many of the Emperor's enemies were accused of supernatural practices.

Professor Kaplan will also present a lecture titled Emperor Zar'a Ya'Eqob (1434-68) and the Christianization of Medieval Ethiopia on 11 November at 1:00 pm at the UT-Scarborough campus.  See the flyer below for details.  Click on the image to download this flyer as a pdf file.

Kaplan posters


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