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Title The life and struggles of our mother Walatta Petros [electronic resource] : a seventeenth-century African biography of an Ethiopian woman / written by Gälawdewos ; translated and edited by Wendy Laura Belcher and Michael Kleiner.

Imprint Princeton, New Jersey ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire : Princeton University Press, 2015.


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 Axe ACLS Humanities E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description xxxvii, 500 p. : Grayscale Illustration, Tables ; 27 cm.
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Note Published by Princeton University Press.
English, translated from Ethiopic (Geez).
A "gädl" or hagiography, originally written by Gälawdewos thirty years after the subject's death, in 1672-1673. Translated from multiple manuscripts and versions.
This publication is made possible in part from the Barr Ferree Foundation Fund for Publications, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. This fund and the US Fulbright Scholar Program in large part funded this publication, including its images and the field research on which it is based. Additional vital funding came from the Princeton Center for African American Studies, Princeton Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Science, Princeton Council of the Humanities, Princeton Center for the Study of Religion, and Princeton Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. The inception of the translation was a grant from the University of California at Irvine International Center for Writing and Translation.
Parts of the introduction sections "The Text's Seventeenth-Century Historical Context" and "abäa Royal Women's Anticolonial Role" were previously published in a much-extended form in Wendy Laura Belcher, "Sisters Debating the Jesuits: The Role of African Women in Defeating Portuguese Proto-colonialism in Seventeenth-Century Abyssinia," Northeast African Studies 12 (Spring 2013).
This book has been composed in Linux Libertine O.
Printed on acid-free paper.
Printed in canada.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction to the Text -- Manuscripts of the Text and Earlier Translations -- Introduction to the Translation of the Text -- The Ethiopian Script and Its Transcription -- The Translation of the Life-Struggles of Walatta Petros (Gädlä Wälättä Peros) -- The Translation of the Miracles of Walatta Petros (Täamrä Wälättä Peros) -- Summaries of additional Miracles of Walatta Petros (Täamrä Wälättä Peros) -- Summary of the Short History of Walatta Petros's Community (in MSS I and J only) -- The Translation of the Poem Portrait of Walatta Petros (Mälka Wälättä Peros) -- The Translation of the Poem Hail to Walatta Petros (Sälamta Wälättä Peros) -- Colophons.
Credits Jacket image reprinted by kind permission of the photographer, Claire Bosc-Tiessé. Portrait of Walatta Petros from a manuscript at Walatta Petros's monastery on Lake Tana; MS D, folio 134v; photographed in 1997.
Reproduction Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2019. EPUB file. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book])
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Subject Walata Pétros, 1592-1642, Saint.
Walata Pétros, 1592-1642, Saint, -- Miracles.
Women saints -- Biography.
Nuns -- Ethiopia -- Biography.
Ya'Ityopya 'ortodoks tawahedo béta kerestiyan -- Biography.
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Ethiopia -- History -- 17th century.
Belcher, Wendy Laura, translator, editor.
Kleiner, Michael, 1962- translator, editor.
Gälawdewos, author.
Added Author American Council of Learned Societies.
Translated Title Gadla 'emna Walata Pétros.
In: ACLS Humanities E-Book. URL:
ISBN 9780691164212 hardcover : alk. paper
Standard No. 2027/heb.34124 hdl

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