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Gebrselassie, Elias and Istratii, Romina (2020) Restricting religious practice in the era of COVID-19: The case of the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo community. Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries (Amharic) [Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs]

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Abstract

This essay follows the publication of an article that Dr Istratii contributed to the Political Theology Network on the 15th of April under the title “Restricting religious practice in the era of COVID-19: A de-westernised perspective on religious freedom with reference to Greece.” Motivated by similar concerns, the current essay takes a closer look at restrictions affecting religious practice in the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo community, where measures to respond to the public health crisis have become increasingly more rigid. While the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo faithful comprise a unique community, they share various elements with their counterparts in Greece, including the deeply intertwined relationship between religious tradition, historical consciousness and personal identity, which means that the faith is prominent on all realms of life. The essay discusses what the prohibition of religious practices might imply for the Church and the faithful, including material and spiritual implications, but also by restricting the activity of the clergy in society. Our objective is to bring these implications to the attention of the Ethiopian government in an effort to ensure that current efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the country are sensitive to the people’s religious living.

Item Type: Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies
Copyright Statement: No restrictions. Photos reproduced with permissions.
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 07:28
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/32808

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