ETHIOPIA is a compendium on Ethiopia and Northeast Africa for travellers, students, businessmen, people interested in Africa, policymakers and organisations. In this book 85 specialists from 15 countries write about the land of our fossil ancestor `Lucy´, about its rock-hewn churches and national parks, about the coexistence of Christians and Muslims, and about strange cultures, but also about contemporary developments and major challenges to the region. Across ten chapters they describe the land and people, its history, cultures, religions, society and politics, as well as recent issues and unique destinations, documented with tables, maps, further reading suggestions and photos.
Ethnoarchaeological Study of Megalithic Tradition in Southern Ethiopia:Muslim Megalithic Builders of Hadiya Addisalem Melesse
Ethiopia and the Red Sea:The Rise and Decline of the Solomonic Dynasty and Muslim European Rivalry in the Region Mordechai Abir
Religious Tolerance,Tensions between Orthodox Christians and Muslims:In Gondar Town: North West Ethiopia Haileyesus Muluken
Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances. A family living in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya scurries to find gifts of any kind for the impending Christmas holiday. A Rwandan girl relates her family´s struggles to maintain a facade of normalcy amid unspeakable acts. A young brother and sister cope with their uncle´s attempt to sell them into slavery. Aboard a bus filled with refugees - a microcosm of today´s Africa - a Muslim boy summons his faith to bear a treacherous ride across Nigeria. Through the eyes of childhood friends the emotional toll of religious conflict in Ethiopia becomes viscerally clear. Uwem Akpan´s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Miles, Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/000376/bk_hach_000376_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah’s widow—and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair. In Saudi Arabia, she eludes the severe segregation of the sexes and attends a bacchanal, laying bare the hypocrisy of this austere, male-dominated society. In war-torn Ethiopia, she watches as a female gynecologist repairs women who have undergone genital mutilation justified by a distorted interpretation of Islam. In villages and capitals throughout the Middle East, she finds that a feminism of sorts has flowered under the forbidding shroud of the chador as she makes other startling discoveries that defy our stereotypes about the Muslim world. Nine Parts of Desire is much more than a captivating work of firsthand reportage; it is also an acute analysis of the world’s fastest-growing religion, deftly illustrating how Islam’s holiest texts have been misused to justify the repression of women. It was, after all, the Shiite leader Ali who proclaimed that ´´God created sexual desire in ten parts, then gave nine parts to women.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geraldine Brooks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001413/bk_boli_001413_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Lost Ark of the Covenant is the real-life account of an astounding quest: professor Tudor Parfitt´s effort to recover the revered artifact that contained the 10 Commandments, sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This holy object disappeared from the Temple when the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem in 586 BC and was lost - apparently forever. According to the biblical account, the Ark was built at the command of God, in accord with Moses´s prophetic vision on Mount Sinai. The Ark, believed to be the throne of God, was carried by the Israelite high priests in the wilderness during their harrowing search for a homeland. When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, the Ark entered the domain of legend. The mysterious disappearance of arguably the most important religious artifact in history led to a plethora of theories about the location of the Ark. Its whereabouts unknown, adventurers risked their lives and fortunes for over two millennia in attempts to discover this sacred treasure. With painstaking historical scholarship, groundbreaking genetic science, and hair-raising fieldwork, Parfitt, who the Wall Street Journal calls ´´a British Indiana Jones´´, debunks the previous myths and reveals the shocking history of the Ark and its keepers. From Israel to Egypt, Ethiopia, and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the journey leads to places Parfitt could never have imagined. He encounters a cannibalistic tribe in Papua, New Guinea. He is ambushed and shot at in Africa. And he narrowly escapes being kidnapped by Islamist outlaws in the wilder reaches of Yemen. Throughout his search, he is aided by a motley crew of kabbalistic mystics, Muslim holy men, charlatans and crooks, tribal elders, and scheming politicians. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Malcolm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001608/bk_harp_001608_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.