Texts and documents for the study of the religious factor in the history of Ethiopia and Eritrea (XVI-XIX centuries)
The project focuses on a selection of historical texts relevant to the Ethiopian-Eritrean area, marked by a strong ethnic, linguistic and religious variety. Within the framework of this research, it will conducted a study on the oldest literary production in the Amharic language, consisting of a series of works called real ‘chronicles’, with a focus on the sections of these texts that concern the interreligious debate.
The activities will include, first of all, the digital transcription of the various texts, using both the Ethiopian alphabet, both transliteration in Latin characters, and identifying
the sections that affect the search. Secondly, indexing work will be conducted, to create repertoires containing all the lexical elements concerning the cultural and semantic sphere of religion.
The project will also extend to the study of the manuscripts of the collection Manara preserved at the Museum of San Domenico in Imola, with the aim of identifying any elements that can be useful for research, but also to design (in agreement with the museum management) a thematic path of use of all the artifacts, based on criteria entirely and only scientific.