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Title:Eritrean monastic institutions as 'lieux de mémoire' and source of history
Authors:Bausi, A.ISNI
Lusini, G.ISNI
Taddia, I.ISNI
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic term:Eritrea
Subjects:customary law
land law
Christian orders
historical sources
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40761006
Abstract:This paper is based on fieldwork carried out in Eritrea in 1993-1994 with the aim of reevaluating the land tenure system in the Eritrean highlands on the basis of local sources which have not been utilized previously. In particular, the aim was to collect material on land tenure in the monasteries in the Sar¯a'¯e region, but the most important and oldest monastic communities in Eritrea were also visited: Dabra Bizan (End¯a Abuna File·pos) in .Ham¯as¯en and Dabra Lib¯anos in Akkala Guz¯ay. Also visited was the monastery of End¯a Abuna Takla H¯aym¯anot Lib¯an, historically part of the Sar¯a'¯e region, but today part of .Ham¯as¯en. Thirty documents are briefly described, ranging chronologically from the age of Negus Wedem Asfar¯e (1372-1382) to the age of Yo.hannes IV (1872-1889). The authors are currently preparing a text edition of these documents. Notes, ref.