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Survival and Modernization: Ethiopia’s Enigmatic Present – A Philosophical Discourse

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I want to read this book!

Survival and Modernization: Ethiopia’s Enigmatic Present – A Philosophical Discourse
by Messay Kebede

“The book is written with vigor, clarity, and decisiveness. It first raises the alternative theories meant to explain Ethiopia, then it works beyond those easy answers to convincing insight. The highlights of these insights include: Survival as the essence of Ethiopia. The Solomonic disposition as allowing multiple claimants to rulership. The asbence of racial, ethnic, and color lines, matters upon which everyone else in the world seems to insist. The special quality of Ethiopian Christianity as an authentic spirituality rather than an imposed system. The self-defense of the empire under the pressures of European colonial expansion. Yet, for all this outstanding history, spirituality, independence, and even geography, Ethiopia is sinking, having failed to modernize in a way that respects its soul. This crisis in confronting modernization is explored with originality in this book whose every page glows with intelligence and passion, the combination that befits a philosophical treatment of the world.”

Written by Tseday

September 20, 2008 at 5:43 am

Posted in Ethiopia

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  1. You guys must be lucky to have such a rich spiritual heritage.


    September 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm

  2. I am from Addis Ababa. How can we get this matured/great book of Prof. Messay Kebedes philosophy?

    If you have the means either through Red Sea publisher or The Shama Books, We love to share Prof. Messay’s wisdom.

    Selam Hunulign,


    October 21, 2008 at 12:19 pm

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