10. Think for Yourself: Walda Heywat

Posted on 2 September 2018

Walda Heywat’s reaction to the thought of his teacher Zera Yacob, and the dispute over the authenticity of these two Ethiopian philosophers.

Further Reading

• C. Conti Rossini, “Lo Ḥatatā Zar’a Yā‘qob e il padre Giusto da Urbino,” Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei 29, ser. 5 (1920), 213-23.

• Galawdewos, The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman, ed., trans. W. Belcher and M. Kleiner (Princeton: 2015).

• G. Haile, “The Discourse of Wärqe, Commonly Known as Ḥatäta zä-Zärʾa Yaʿǝqob,” in G. Haile, Ethiopian Studies in Honour of Amha Asfaw (New York: 2017), 51-71.

• E. Mittwoch, Die amharische Version der Soirées de Carthage mit einer Einleitung : Die angeblichen abessinischen Philosophen des 17. Jahrhunderts (Berlin: 1934).

• C. Sumner, The Treatise of Zärʾa Yaʿǝqob and of Wäldä Ḥǝywat: Text and Authorship, (Addis Ababa: 1976).

• A. Wion, "The History of a Genuine Fake Philosophical Treatise (atatā Zar’a Yā‘eqob and atatā Walda eywat)" in three parts on the online journal Afriques: introduction, part 1, part 2.

Online article on “The African Enlightenment” by Dag Herbjørnsrud


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