Identity and History: Who is not Agaw in Gojjam and Gondar, Ethiopia? The Constitution

This book, a study on the Agaw people, discusses details on the Agawness of the people of Gojjam and Gondar on the basis of available literature, artifacts and other related evidence. The study analyzes available information to support the Agawness of the people of East Gojjam and North Gondar, in general. It outlines the Kemant people’s struggle for equality and democracy. The study identifies the Beta Israel as essentially Jewish, despite their integration into the Agaw population via marriage. In addition to these issues, the book provides a framework for an ethnic identity classification beyond traditional psychological and political categories.

by T. T. Belai

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About the Author

The author of this book is a former faculty member at Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar Institute of Technology. He was a lecturer from 2000 to 2006 and an assistant professor from 2007 until his immigration to the United States in the summer of 2015. He was also a volunteer in an anti-HIV/AIDS campaign in Gojjam and Gondar (2004-2006) in collaboration with the Italian NGO, the CVM. His previous international and local publications are related to manufacturing quality, ergonomics/human factors/safety, child mental development and identity. In addition, he is the first person to produce volumes of medical psychology literature in Amharic in the late 1990s, including a light volume entitled Basic Counseling for Children’s Mental Development (Hitsenatin Be-Aemro Lemegolmas Meseretawi Mikrowch) and was a developer of an anxiety treatment technique explained in a handout reprinted more than four times, especially in Diaspora in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

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