The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Lecture - The apocalyptic Abyssinian: Transferring an Islamic motif to Europe and giving Horn of Africa an eschatological meaning after the fall of Acre

Dr. Mordechay Lewy

Thursday 5th December 2019

5:00pm, Warburg Classroom 1, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome but seats should be reserved in advance.


Part of the Twenty-Ninth series of 'Maps and Society' Lectures

Dr Lewy's presentation deals with the following questions:

  • How could an early Islamic apocalyptic motif, which Dr Lewy calls the Apocalyptic Abessinian, find its way to anti-Islamic crusader prophecies?
  • How was the Christian eschatological anticipation of the End of the World expressed in medieval world maps?
  • How could the Horn of Africa in medieval world maps become an eschatological area directed against Islam?




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