.- With a recent gift of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts, the Catholic University of America is now home to one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious manuscripts in the United States. It is the largest collection of Ethiopian Islamic manuscripts outside of Ethiopia. Many of the manuscripts in the collection, including the “magic” scrolls, contain intricate illuminations and other decorations on the scrolls. According to Butts, the collection’s age is fairly typical for Ethiopian manuscripts. The Washington, D.C. area is home to one of the largest Ethiopian populations outside of Ethiopia, and there are several Ethiopian Orthodox and Ethiopian Catholic churches, along with cultural centers, in the area.
Source: Ethiopian News January 10, 2017 10:03 UTC