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Title:The Falashas, or Judaic Ethiopians, in Their Christian Ethiopian Setting
Author:Pankhurst, RichardISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Ethiopia
ethnic groups
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722990
Abstract:The Falashas, or Judaic Ethiopians, have long been a source of interest to foreign scholars. Many of them have been so preoccupied with the Falashas' assumed similarities with world Jewry that they have too often failed to see them in their no less important Ethiopian historic and cultural context. This article attempts to correct this imbalance. It deals with the early history of the Falashas and the contacts with their Christian neighbours, the Falashas in postmedieval Ethiopian economic life, similarities between the cultures of the Christian and Falasha communities of Ethiopia, and Ge'ez education and the preparation of Falasha manuscripts. The historical record of the last millennium suggests that the relationship between the Falashas and the Ethiopian Christians was a complex and intimate one, based on extensive two-way conversion, and had little similarity with the relationship between Jews and Christians in other parts of Christendom. Notes, ref.