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The first English translation of the earliest book-length biography of an African woman This is the hardcover scholarly edition of the award-winning English translation of the earliest-known book-length biography of an African woman, and one of the few lives of an African woman written by Africans before the nineteenth century. As such, it provides an exceedingly rare and v The first English translation of the earliest book-length biography of an African woman This is the hardcover scholarly edition of the award-winning English translation of the earliest-known book-length biography of an African woman, and one of the few lives of an African woman written by Africans before the nineteenth century. As such, it provides an exceedingly rare and valuable picture of the experiences and thoughts of Africans, especially women, before the modern era. It is also an extraordinary account of a remarkable life--full of vivid dialogue, heartbreak, and triumph. The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros (1672) tells the story of an Ethiopian saint who led a successful nonviolent movement to preserve African Christian beliefs in the face of European protocolonialism. When the Jesuits tried to convert the Ethiopians from their ancient form of Christianity, Walatta Petros (1592-1642), a noblewoman and the wife of one of the emperor's counselors, risked her life by leaving her husband, who supported the conversion effort, and leading the struggle against the Jesuits. After her death, her disciples wrote this book, praising her as a friend of women, a devoted reader, a skilled preacher, and a radical leader. One of the earliest stories of African resistance to European influence, this biography also provides a picture of domestic life, including Walatta Petros's life-long relationship with a female companion. Richly illustrated with dozens of color illustrations from early manuscripts, this groundbreaking volume provides an authoritative and highly readable translation along with an extensive introduction. Other features include a chronology of Walatta Petros's life, maps, a comprehensive glossary, and detailed notes on textual variants.


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The first English translation of the earliest book-length biography of an African woman This is the hardcover scholarly edition of the award-winning English translation of the earliest-known book-length biography of an African woman, and one of the few lives of an African woman written by Africans before the nineteenth century. As such, it provides an exceedingly rare and v The first English translation of the earliest book-length biography of an African woman This is the hardcover scholarly edition of the award-winning English translation of the earliest-known book-length biography of an African woman, and one of the few lives of an African woman written by Africans before the nineteenth century. As such, it provides an exceedingly rare and valuable picture of the experiences and thoughts of Africans, especially women, before the modern era. It is also an extraordinary account of a remarkable life--full of vivid dialogue, heartbreak, and triumph. The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros (1672) tells the story of an Ethiopian saint who led a successful nonviolent movement to preserve African Christian beliefs in the face of European protocolonialism. When the Jesuits tried to convert the Ethiopians from their ancient form of Christianity, Walatta Petros (1592-1642), a noblewoman and the wife of one of the emperor's counselors, risked her life by leaving her husband, who supported the conversion effort, and leading the struggle against the Jesuits. After her death, her disciples wrote this book, praising her as a friend of women, a devoted reader, a skilled preacher, and a radical leader. One of the earliest stories of African resistance to European influence, this biography also provides a picture of domestic life, including Walatta Petros's life-long relationship with a female companion. Richly illustrated with dozens of color illustrations from early manuscripts, this groundbreaking volume provides an authoritative and highly readable translation along with an extensive introduction. Other features include a chronology of Walatta Petros's life, maps, a comprehensive glossary, and detailed notes on textual variants.

45 review for The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great translated work about an Ethiopian saint from the early modern period. Belcher and Kleiner have worked on redefining the history of religion and gender roles in Africa from the missionary perspective.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    I heard about this book on a podcast and thought it would be interesting. I can't speak to how well it was translated, though I have heard some disputes in that regard. I am only slightly familiar with other hagiographies, though what I have read before is more stories from them included in other works. I wanted to see if one that came from Africa felt different than what I have read from Europe. Speaking as one who is not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, it did feel different. There I heard about this book on a podcast and thought it would be interesting. I can't speak to how well it was translated, though I have heard some disputes in that regard. I am only slightly familiar with other hagiographies, though what I have read before is more stories from them included in other works. I wanted to see if one that came from Africa felt different than what I have read from Europe. Speaking as one who is not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, it did feel different. There were interpretations of scripture that are not the ones I am accustomed to and she was more rough around the edges than other saints I've read about. It was fascinating.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dimitribazos

    There are major, major translational, methodological, and conceptual issues with this book, as outlined here in the Journal of Afroasiatic Languages, History and Culture: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F8Ib... There are major, major translational, methodological, and conceptual issues with this book, as outlined here in the Journal of Afroasiatic Languages, History and Culture: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1F8Ib...

  4. 4 out of 5

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