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Professor Taddesse Tamrat

Professor Taddesse Tamrat was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in recognition of his work as one of Africa's foremost modern historians. He is also an alumnus, gaining his PhD in History at SOAS in 1968 his specialism is the history of Ethiopia and he was published extensively throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Professor Tamrat is the former Professor of History at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He is also the author of the internationally acclaimed "Church and State in Ethiopia: 1270-1527", seen as a pioneering monograph on nineteenth century Protestant and Catholic missions in Ethiopia.

As an eminent Ethiopianist, Professor Tamrat is highly regarded for his views on the history of Africa and the Ethiopian people. He is a strong advocate of an indigenous history of Africa written by Africans rather than the Europeans. He is also an accomplished linguist, translating Tobbya, Ethiopia's first novel, which appeared in Amharic in 1900. Professor Tamrat is frequently interviewed for his views on modern African history and guest lectures at numerous international symposiums and conferences.