SPIRITUALITY POWER AND REVOLUTION CONTEMPORARY MONASTICISM IN COMMUNIST ETHIOPIA
Joachim G. Persoon is an important scolar in the area of Ethiopian studies, who managed to reach the rare combination of being an academic scholar who understands his subject on a sound theoretical platform but also who practically ''lives'' his subject on every practical level is demonstrated by his love of Ethiopia and his long term residence in this country. He gained his PhD at School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is known as an organizer of many events linked with Ethioppia and wrote many articles regarding Ethiopia and its history and culture. He taught at a number of academic institutons in Ethiopia and most recently teaches at the Ale school of Fine Arts and design at Addis Ababa University. He is interested in Euthiopian culture, the culture of minority groups, inn fine art, spirituality and the relationship between spirituality and ecology. Vaclav Jezek was born in the Czech Republic and lived for many years in Australia, but also in Slovakia and Cyprus. He worked for the Orthodox Church in many capacities and is also a scolar and theologian who is interested in Byzantine philosophy and theology, and especially in the issue of how contemporary Orthodox theology and thought can interact with today's world without jeopardizing its ideological and theological platform. He is the author of a number of articles and books dealing with these themes and issues.